Community Benefit Expos to assist with insurance open enrollment
Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Union County will hold Community
Benefit Expo events to assist community members with open enrollment for
those who are currently enrolled with Kentucky Medicaid or who have health
insurance through the open exchange. Kentucky residents who have purchased
health insurance via
healthcare.gov website may have to re-enroll on the federal exchange starting November 1.
“Because there can be confusion related to insurance enrollment processes,
we want to offer assistance to increase the access of health care for
people within the communities we serve, whether someone needs to re-enroll
or register for benefits for the first time," stated Denise Newman,
Manager of Patient Access at Methodist Hospital. She added that Methodist
Hospital continues to provide help for those who do not qualify for current
financial assistance programs through the hospital’s internal financial
assistance process. “Methodist Hospital also offers one-on-one financial
counseling to identify alternative options.”
The Community Benefit Expo events will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday,
November 2 in Classrooms 1, 2 and 3 on the ground level at
Methodist Hospital and on Thursday, November 9 in the Board Room at
Methodist Hospital Union County.
Financial counselors who have received training in the latest changes to
the program will be on site, along with representatives from insurance
providers participating in the Exchange and Kentucky Medicaid.
In addition to assisting with insurance sign-ups, the Expo has been designed
to offer education and assistance from community assistance groups, including
American Red Cross, Marsha’s Place, Matthew 25, UK Extension Office,
United Way of Henderson County, Vaughn Insurance and many more.
As part of its preventive health initiatives, Methodist Hospital professional
staff will provide educational information on diabetes, weight management,
smoking cessation and women’s services.
“Those who are in need of a family physician will benefit from our
‘Find a Doc’ program,” Newman said. “A member
of the Convenient Care staff will be on hand at the November 2 event at
Methodist Hospital to heighten awareness of services offered at the 110
Second Street location in downtown Henderson.”
Attendees can sign up for door prizes, pick up health-related giveaway
items and enjoy healthy snacks at the Community Benefit Expos.
Methodist Hospital held its first Community Benefit Expo in 2015 at both
Methodist Hospital and Methodist Hospital Union County, with more than
900 in attendance. The event was started with the intention of bringing
the public together with representatives from the insurance companies
that offered products through the healthcare exchange. The goal, according
to Newman, was to allow those who were going through the open enrollment
process to make better-informed decisions about their health care. She
said, "It quickly grew into a community wide opportunity to increase
awareness of the healthcare services available here in Henderson and in
If your company or organization is interested in participating in this
year’s Community Benefit Expos, please contact Newman at 270-827-7291 or
Photo 1 Caption:
Melissa Clements, Executive Director at United Way of Henderson County,
speaks with attendees during the 2016 Community Benefit Expo held at Methodist
Hospital's Henderson County Campus.
Photo 2 Caption:
Nibby Priest, Executive Vice President and Licensed Agent at Vaughn Insurance
in Henderson, speaks with Hussen Abubeker, Project Management Assistant
at Methodist Hospital, during the 2016 Community Benefit Expo held at
the Henderson County Campus.
For questions regarding this press release, please contact Brandi L. Schwartz
at 270-831-7836 or