Community Outreach Key to Educating, Enrolling Uninsured
Calvert Memorial Hospital wants the community to understand what resources are available to them under the Affordable Care Act. That is why CMH is helping to get the word out to the nearly 31,000 residents in Southern Maryland who have no health insurance.
“Our mission has always been to do all that we can to make sure that everyone in our community has access to quality health care that is affordable,” said CMH President Jim Xinis. “The new exchange will give many residents who have not been able to obtain health insurance in the past new options."
Calvert Healthcare Solutions is heading up outreach efforts focused on educating and enrolling those without health coverage in the tri-county region. CHS is one of six organizations chosen in Maryland to help consumers navigate the state-based insurance exchange set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
“Naturally, people will have a lot questions about what’s out there,” said Michael Shaw, executive director of Calvert Healthcare Solutions. “Our role is to connect them with the resources available to assist them.”
He went on to add, ““To do that, we are hiring additional staff to provide in-person assistance to those who need help determining their eligibility and comparing coverage options.”
Shaw said raising public awareness will be a critical factor. That’s why Calvert Healthcare Solutions is teaming up with Walden Sierra in St. Mary’s and Health Partners, Inc. and Greater Baden Medical Services in Charles to make education and enrollment services more accessible to the residents in those areas.
“The key to the success of this program,” said Shaw, “will be providing community members access to enrollment opportunities whether they are at the health department, social services or elsewhere in the community.”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Who is eligible to enroll?
Anyone up to age 64 who is not in a government health insurance program, such as Medicaid or Medicare, and does not have access to an affordable plan at work, can enroll in a commercial plan offered through the Maryland State Benefit Exchange. Additionally, there are federal subsidies available to individuals and families who make up to four times the federal poverty level to help pay the cost.
When is it time to sign up?
Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013 and lasts through March 30, 2014.
Where can I go to find out more?
Calvert Healthcare Solutions
234 Merrimac Court
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Mailing address: PO Box 1743, Lusby, MD 20657
Health Partners, Inc.
3070 Crain Hwy, Waldorf, MD 20601
Greater Baden Medical Services
7450 Albert Road
Brandywine, MD 20613
In St. Mary’s:
(Has multiple offices in St. Mary’s & Charles counties)
30007 Business Center Drive
Charlotte Hall, MD 20622
Phone: 301-997-1300 x 807
What if I still have questions?
Call Calvert Healthcare Solutions toll-free at 1-855-339-3007 to learn more about in-person resources and assistance.
Why is this important?
There are a huge number of people who can get coverage this way and can get significant help. Call today to find out more about the options available to you.