The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in some area residents recently losing their employment and subsequently their insurance. Ohio Hills Health Services (OHHS) can provide assistance to these individuals and assist them to obtain insurance. Area residents can enroll in the Marketplace if they have life changes like losing health coverage or having a baby, or if they qualify for Medicaid or CHIP. OHHS has a certified application counselor available to review options and assist individuals to enroll in the Marketplace. You do not need to be a patient at OHHS to take advantage of this service.
“OHHS is a federally qualified health center and part of our mission is to provide quality health care regardless of an individual’s ability to pay,” said Jeff Britton, CEO, OHHS. “Deanna Moore is our Certified Application Counselor and she is available to assist area residents to obtain insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. OHHS also offers a sliding fee discount program for those who qualify.”
Health care costs have risen faster than the median annual income. High insurance premiums, high deductibles, copays, and other out-of-pocket expenses are just some of the costs that make healthcare prohibitive for some individuals.
Deanna Moore, Certified Application Counselor, receives annual certification training via the Marketplace Learning Management System so she can provide Marketplace application and enrollment assistance to consumers. All consumer information is protected and kept confidential.
“Navigating the insurance world can be over whelming,” said Deanna Moore, CAC. “I will not choose an insurance for an individual, but I can help them to become knowledgeable about the Health Insurance Marketplace and what options are available. Many individuals do not realize that financial assistance is available for those who qualify.”
Studies confirm that health insurance coverage improves access to care; supports positive health outcomes, encourages appropriate use of health care resources; and reduces financial strain on individuals, families and communities. Meaningful health care coverage is critical to living a productive, secure and healthy life.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment with Deanna Moore, Certified Application Counselor please call (740) 239-OHHS (6447), ext. 1035.
Photo: Deanna Moore, Certified Application Counselor, OHHS