OCHLA named “Champion of Coverage”
According to its director Lilly Cavanaugh, the “Ohio Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs (OCHLA, or OLA) is honored to be recognized as a Champion for Coverage by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a Champion, we have volunteered to help uninsured Americans learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“During our recent statewide Latino Health Summit, it became evident that Hispanic Ohioans are eager to learn how to access health services and improve their quality of health. Our commission is fully engaged with Hispanic serving organizations to ensure appropriate information, outreach and resources are made available to our communities,” concluded Ms. Cavanaugh.
“Champion organizations, like the OLA, are already serving people and are a trusted source of information in communities across the country,” said Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Director of Communications Julie Bataille. “These organizations are natural places for people to learn about the Marketplace, and we want to make sure that they have access to the tools and information to respond to people who want to sign up and enroll for coverage on October 1.”
This week, the new Health Insurance Marketplace will be open for business where millions of US-Americans can shop for and purchase health insurance coverage in one place. Consumers will be able to find out whether they qualify for premium assistance and compare plans side-by-side based on pricing, quality and benefits.
No one can be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. October 1, 2013 marks the beginning of a six-month long open enrollment period that runs through March 2014. Coverage begins as early as January 1, 2014.
Consumers can get help finding Marketplace coverage through a number of different resources. They can get more information through HealthCare.gov, or cuidadodesalud.gov. They can participate in online web chats or call 1-800-318-2596 toll free (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to speak with trained customer service representatives, with translation services available in 150 languages.
Community health centers, Navigators, and other assisters are available in local communities to provide in-person help with coverage choices.
To become a Champion for Coverage and to learn more about what being a Champion for Coverage means, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion-apply.html.