Health Center Partners is reminding Inland Empire residents it is time to sign up or adjust their health care plans with Covered California.
Individuals who wish to have coverage effective January 1 must sign up or adjust their plans by December 15 to assure coverage effective January 1. Although full enrollment will remain open until January 15, those who sign up after December 15 will not have coverage until February.
For those who need assistance with the process, Health Center Partners Executive Vice President Vernita Todd shared that many of Health Center Partners’ member centers employ certified health insurance experts who offer free, confidential, in-person consultations and enrollment assistance.
The Health Center Partners’ locations in the Inland Empire which offer these services include Borrego Community Health Foundation, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Community Health Systems, Inc., Neighborhood Healthcare, North County Health Services, and Vista Community Clinic. For addition information regarding the clinics visit http://hcpsocal.org/health-centers/.
Todd also shared how important it is for healthcare enrollees to review all plan offerings and added that some plans have increased their premiums over the last year, so staying with the same one could be more expensive. She stressed that there are other low cost options available. Readers are encouraged to compare plans.
Todd also advised that despite uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act (ACA) triggered by the outcome of the recent election, patients are still encouraged to enroll. “Even if there are changes, they are not likely to take effect in 2017, so please enroll.”
Visit http://hcpsocal.org/wp-content/ uploads/2016/11/Enrollment-Contact-Info.pdf for a Health Care Partner location near you.