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Events scheduled to help Sitkans get health insurance as open enrollment period winds down

January 16 2015

SITKA – SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) is hosting a presentation and  partnering with University of Alaska, Southeast (UAS)  to provide group enrollments for the Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Marketplace which ends on February 15, 2015. The next presentation will be on Thursday, January 22nd, at the Kettleson Memorial Library at 831 Lincoln Street from noon to 1:00pm. It will include information about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace and explain who is eligible, how to qualify for lower cost health coverage, and how to enroll. Signing up for insurance now will ensure your coverage starts March 1, 2015.

On the evening of Thursday, January 22nd, a group enrollment event will take place at UAS in the Student Success Center from 6-8pm. Trained staff will assist with creating accounts, adding required information, understanding eligibility for financial assistance, and explaining insurance options and enrollment. Those that prefer free individual assistance can call SEARHC, a Certified Application Counselor agency, at 966-8662 or 966-8883 to set up an appointment. This is a free service for everyone.

“Group enrollments are a great way to get your questions answered as you work your way through the website” says Andrea Thomas, Outreach & Enrollment Manager for SEARHC. “Now is the time to take care of your health insurance before enrollment ends on February 15th.”  Anyone attending the group enrollment events must bring the following information: email address, household income information, dates of birth and Social Security numbers for all family members needing insurance, and immigration documents if applicable.

People that were enrolled in the Marketplace in 2014 received notices that their insurance premiums have increased. In order to receive the lowest price available, it is important to call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 and provide 2015 income information, even if it has stayed the same. Your tax credits will be increased and your monthly cost will be lower.

There are three ways to apply for health coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace- get individual assistance with SEARHC, call the Marketplace’s toll free 24 hour line at 1-800-318-2596 to enroll over the phone , or go to and enroll online.

For more information, please call Andrea Thomas at (907) 966-8883 or Allison McIntyre at 966-8662.

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