Affordable Care Act enrollment begins in Logan County

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

October 3, 2013

Thousands may be ready to sign up for coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, which officially opened October 1. The Marketplace is an online tool that allows consumers to compare health plans and see if they qualify for financial assistance to help pay for their health coverage.

According to Deena Toth with PRIDE, they were asked to delay appointments to enroll for a week because of the system access problems being experienced. PRIDE Community Services, Inc. has In-Person Assisters that can help explain the Marketplace and plan options to consumers. Call PRIDE Community Services, Inc. at 304-752-6868 to schedule an appointment. They will also have help available at their office at 699 Stratton Street from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5.

David Graham says those interested may visit HealthCare.gov to learn about options available or contact him for dates and locations for Enroll Logan County at dgraham@davidgraham2014.com, or visit the Enroll Logan County Facebook page.

According to Robert Stidham, with Enroll Logan County, the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources sent out 127,000 letters to individuals who could sign and return the letters to be enrolled. Only 14,000 of the letters have been returned. The letters included a deadline of September 27, but that deadline has been extended. As long as enrollment is completed by December 15, coverage will be effective January 1, 2014.

Enroll Logan County will be available at Logan City Hall on Saturday, October 5, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Drew Jarvis from Logan was able to enroll in Medicaid. Jarvis, originally from Logan, once had a job with an employer who provided health care at no cost for him and his family. Then he came back to Logan and got a job that doesn’t offer healthcare. That didn’t matter when he was young and healthy. Now, he’s in his mid-fifties, has high blood pressure and high cholesterol and it does matter.

“Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I’ll have insurance and maybe I’ll live longer and be able to spend more time with my grandkids. Maybe I will be a more productive employee and a more productive person to society,” said Jarvis.

To enroll on your own, visit HealthCare.gov.