Adirondack Health Institute is offering free health insurance enrollment assistance services to individuals, families, and small business owners in eight North Country counties – Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington – during the upcoming open enrollment period. Open enrollment begins November 1 for new enrollees and November 16 for those re-enrolling in a plan. It runs through January 31, 2020. For those who wish to have their health insurance coverage take effect on January 1, 2020, the deadline to apply is December 15.
“Our enrollment specialists provide no-cost, unbiased assistance to help clients determine their health insurance eligibility for Qualified Health Plans, Medicaid, and Child Health Plus” explained Joyce Porter, AHI’s Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) Program Manager. “Another option available is called the Essential Plan, a plan for lower-income New Yorkers who don’t qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plus. This plan costs much less than other plans – as little as $20 per month, and in some cases, no cost at all – yet offers the same essential benefits for those who qualify.”
Porter continued, “We are excited to help people in our communities enroll in a plan that best fits their needs. We also encourage those who would like assistance to schedule a free appointment with us at their earliest convenience and not wait until the last minute to sign up.”
Individuals may call AHI’s toll-free number, 1-866-872-3740, or visit http://www.ahihealth.org/ease/appointment-request/ to schedule a no-cost appointment with an EASE enrollment specialist.