Published On: Wed, Nov 27th, 2013

Learn about new health insurance coverage and how you can get help to sign up

You’ve probably heard about the new affordable health insurance options that began Oct. 1. On Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at New River Community College’s Auditorium, Greenbrier Valley Medical Center invites members of the community to learn all about these new health insurance options.

Several representatives from Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, the WV In-Person Assistor project, which is contracted with the WV Offices of the Insurance Commissioner and the Department of Health and Human Services will clear up confusion surrounding the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid Expansion.  These initiatives are part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most U.S. citizens to have health insurance beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

A primary goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help uninsured, eligible Americans gain access to affordable health care. Financial help to lower costs is also available for people who qualify.

Health Insurance Marketplaces

Americans will be able to find health plans on the Marketplace that cover a comprehensive set of benefits, and they cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Some of the health benefits include preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services – and more.

Medicaid Expansion

West Virginia has chosen to expand Medicaid coverage beginning January 2014. This expansion will increase eligibility limits for adults to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Level (equivalent to an annual income of about $15,900 for one person). This will open Medicaid coverage to a new population, including childless adults.

At Greenbrier Valley Medical Center, we’re committed not only to supporting your health needs, but also to educating and informing the people we serve. Join us Dec. 5 to learn more and get any questions answered. We’ll also tell you how we can assist you in the enrollment process!