Educational Piece Answers Marketplace Open Enrollment Questions

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A new educational piece released by the Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council, which The Center for Health Affairs participates in, aims to shed light on insurance options for Northeast Ohioans just in time for the 2014 Marketplace open enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 15.

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Health insurance can be confusing and we wanted to put together a one-stop message that was clear, concise and understandable to the consumer. Ultimately, our goal was just to make the entire enrollment process easier.

A new educational piece released by the Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council aims to shed light on insurance options for Northeast Ohioans just in time for the 2014 Marketplace open enrollment period, which begins on Nov. 15. The one-page publication on health insurance options in Ohio is intended for consumers and answers basic questions such as:

  • What are the health insurance options in Ohio?
  • What are the income limits?
  • What will health insurance cover?
  • How much does it cost?

“We see consumers every day who need health insurance but don’t know how to obtain it,” explained Ginny Pate, Carmella Rose Health Foundation’s Executive Director and participant in the Outreach and Enrollment Council. “Health insurance can be confusing and we wanted to put together a one-stop message that was clear, concise and understandable to the consumer. Ultimately, our goal was just to make the entire enrollment process easier.”

The Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council is a collaboration between hospitals, local health departments and community groups who aim to make the Marketplace open enrollment period understandable and accessible for uninsured residents in the region. The Center for Health Affairs regularly participates in and contributes to the work of this group.

Visit The Center's website for a full list of Northeast Ohio Outreach Enrollment Council members and to download the educational piece. For more information on the Marketplace open enrollment period or The Center’s involvement with the Northeast Ohio Outreach and Enrollment Council, please contact Tony Gutowski, public policy development manager, at 216.255.3610 or via email.

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With a rich history as the Northeast Ohio hospital association, dating back to 1916, The Center for Health Affairs serves as the collective voice of hospitals and the source for Northeast Ohio hospital and healthcare information. As the leading advocate for Northeast Ohio hospitals, The Center aims to enhance the effectiveness of the healthcare community and the health of the communities it serves by providing expertise, resources and solutions to address the challenges faced by the region’s healthcare providers. The Center’s efforts focus on areas that benefit member hospitals from a regional approach, including healthcare workforce; emergency preparedness; public policy and advocacy; finance and reimbursement; and community initiatives. And because of its business affiliation with CHAMPS Healthcare, The Center has the resources to provide a broad level of professional services to its members. The Center, located in downtown Cleveland, is proud to advocate on behalf of 34 acute-care hospitals and two long-term acute-care hospitals in six counties. The Center for Health Affairs is honored to be named as one of The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Top Workplaces in 2014 and to ERC’s Northcoast99 List in 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2014. For more, visit chanet.org.

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