Get Help Signing Up for an Insurance Plan from ‘Navigators’

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Beginning Jan. 1, federal law requires all Americans to have health insurance or face a tax penalty. Gifford has specially-trained staff called “navigators” available to help you sign-up for a health plan.

This information appeared in our
Fall 2013 Update Community Newsletter.

Beginning on Jan. 1, federal law requires all Americans to have health insurance or face a tax penalty.

In the Green Mountain State, Vermont Health Connect is the new online marketplace where individuals, families and businesses with 50 or fewer employees can shop for, compare and purchase insurance plans.

Open enrollment for these plans began this October. Vermonters can determine their eligibility and enroll online. For those without computer access or needing in-person support, Gifford has resources to help.

Across the state, “navigators” have been trained and taken rigorous exams to provide one-on-one assistance with the Vermont Health Connect marketplace.

Gifford has three navigators through its Health Connections office, a part of the Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured, as well as the medical center’s Blueprint for Health team.

If you’re:

  • A Vermonter without health insurance,
  • A Vermonter who currently purchases insurance yourself,
  • A Vermonter with Medicaid or Dr. Dynasaur,
  • A Vermonter with Catamount or the Vermont Health Access Program,
  • A Vermonter with “unaffordable” coverage provided by your employer, or
  • A small business with 50 or fewer people

and you need help understanding the exchange, get help by calling Gifford Health Connections at 728-2323.

Individuals who are fully enrolled by Dec. 16 will have health coverage starting Jan. 1.

Under Vermont Health Connect, an employer-sponsored plan is considered “unaffordable” if your premium for yourself is more than 9.5 percent of your household income. To learn more, call (855) 899-9600 or visit www.healthconnect.vermont.gov.

Gifford Offering Free Medicare Talk

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RANDOLPH – For more than 40 million Americans, Medicare provides their health insurance. Across the nation and here in Vermont, more Americans become eligible each day, leaving big questions about the federal insurance program and just what it covers.

Gifford Medical Center is aiming to help answer some of those questions for its employees and the public in a free talk this April.

MedicareReady or Not … ” is being held on April 11 from 6-7 p.m. in the Randolph hospital’s Conference Center. The talk will feature a presentation from Acadia Benefits Inc. health insurance specialist Scott McKee on Medicare parts A through D, eligibility and resources. Continue reading

Free Talk: “Everything You Need to Know about Medicare”

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Gifford Medical Center is offering a free talk on Medicare insurance on Friday, June 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the hospital Conference Center.

Titled “Everything you need to know about Medicare,” the talk is for anyone who is currently on Medicare, who soon will be, or who has a parent or spouse going on Medicare.

Topics include why understanding one’s insurance is important, why participating in Medicare Part B is beneficial, and what one’s choices are under Medicare Part D.

“When making health care decisions, understanding your health insurance is vital. Medicare, which many of us have as health insurance or soon will, can be complicated to understand,” said Gail Bourassa, director of patient access and financial services at Gifford. “We’re hoping to help our patients make informed decisions by sharing what Medicare, and its various parts, covers.”

Bourassa, along with Gifford Patient Financial Services staff members Deborah Kendall, Melinda Mercier, and Michele Packard, of Health Connections, will lead the free discussion.
No registration is required. Call Gifford Patient Financial Services at (802) 728-2200 to learn more.

The Gifford Conference Center is at the medical center in Randolph at 44 S. Main St. (Route 12). Use the stairway under the green awning marked “Conference Center” or take the elevator from the main lobby/registration to the first floor.