Feb. 7, 2014
Enroll for Health Insurance at Health Care Exchange 411
Tulsa-area residents can receive assistance signing up for insurance through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace during a special event at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, Feb. 13 from 1-7 p.m.
Health Care Exchange 411, sponsored by the Tulsa Health Department, OSU Medical Center and OSU Center for Health Sciences, is an opportunity for individuals and families to learn about the types of coverage offered through the marketplace and see if they qualify for coverage and subsidies. Certified application counselors will answer questions and assist in enrollment through the online system.
“This event is an opportunity for the people of our community to learn more about the health insurance options that are available to them,” said Tulsa Health Department Chief Operating Officer Reggie Ivey. “We are pleased to be able to work with our community partners to offer this important service for the people of Tulsa.”
The deadline to enroll for insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace without receiving a penalty is March 31. Counselors will help determine if individuals and families are eligible to sign up for health insurance through the marketplace and if they could receive any discounts or subsidies.
“We are providing assistance to help people get signed up for the best insurance plan for themselves and their families under the requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” said OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum. “We know the system may be difficult to navigate alone, so this event is an opportunity to get assistance in the enrollment process.”
Individuals will need to bring information and documents for each family member being enrolled for insurance, including:
- Social Security number
- Employer and income verification (W-2, pay stub, wage and tax statement, etc.)
- Policy numbers for any current health insurance
- Information regarding available job-related health insurance
“We will be able to walk people through the step-by-step process of signing up for insurance, whether they are currently uninsured or just want to learn about what options are available,” said OSU Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Diane Rafferty. “We hope to help many people in our community complete enrollment so they will have health insurance before the ACA deadline.”
During the event, participants can also receive free health screenings and flu shots. The Tulsa County OSU Extension Service will be providing free nutrition information. Participants can also tour the North Regional Health and Wellness Center, OSU Physicians Clinic and the OSU Mobile TeleHealth Clinic. Door prizes will be available.
The North Regional Health and Wellness Center is located at 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and is a partnership between OSU-CHS and the Tulsa Health Department. For more information, contact the Tulsa Health Department at 918-582-9355 or visit www.tulsa-health.org.