Time is short for uninsured Hoosiers to meet an important health insurance deadline. The open enrollment period to apply for coverage for this year through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31. Executive Director of Covering Kids and Families of Indiana Davis Roos says while there is a deadline under the Affordable Care Act, some families have other options.
“Out of the 800 thousand individuals in Indiana who are eligible, it’s basically a 50/50 split. A little bit over 50 percent perhaps are eligible for coverage under the exchange, but almost 50 percent are eligible under existing Medicaid,” Roos said.
Roos says there have been successful outreach efforts to help Indiana residents get enrolled, and navigators are available in all 92 counties to help people find the best option.
“We’re encouraged here in Indiana; we’ve got a very strong coalition of partners, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, Community Health Centers, social service agencies who are lending their expertise to help people navigate the new system,” said Roos.
Those who do not sign up for coverage may face a small penalty. But Roos points out that there are tax credits available and low-cost plans depending on income. To enroll or get additional information Hoosiers can go online to healthcare.gov.