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Community Benefit Expos to assist with insurance open enrollment

Community Benefit Expos to assist with insurance open enrollment

Community Benefit Expos to assist with insurance open enrollment

Methodist Health and Methodist Health 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 Health. She added that Methodist Health continues to provide help for those who do not qualify for current financial assistance programs through the hospital’s internal financial assistance process. “Methodist Health 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 Health and on Thursday, November 9 in the Board Room at Methodist Health 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 Health 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 Health 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 Health held its first Community Benefit Expo in 2015 at both Methodist Health and Methodist Health 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 Union County."

If your company or organization is interested in participating in this year’s Community Benefit Expos, please contact Newman at 270-827-7291 or dnewman@methodisthospital.net.

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 Health'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 Health, 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 bschwartz@methodisthospital.net.