Hospital explains benefitsForum answers questions about Affordable Care Act
The Washington County Hospital and Clinics (WCHC) held its second forum on the affordable health care marketplace on Tuesday, Oct. 22, which eight people attended.
Amy Vetter, foundation and marketing director for the WCHC, led the presentation. She said the hospital is a certified application organization when it comes to enrolling people in the insurance marketplace and five hospital employees are certified enrollment counselors for the Iowa insurance marketplace.
The objectives for the meeting were to explain the insurance marketplace, identify whom it would benefit, explain the enrollment process, help attendees understand what financial assistance is available, and help them find resources to assist them with the insurance marketplace, Vetter said.
She spent about an hour going through what the insurance marketplace was and then held a question-and-answer session.
Sadi and Ginny Azboy were two of eight people who attended the informational meeting yesterday.
During the meeting, S. Azboy asked Vetter which care providers would be under the insurance marketplace. Vetter said an agreement would be needed by that provider, but hopefully most of the hospitals and clinics in Iowa were going to do so.
“What if I get sick on vacation?” S. Azboy asked. “What will be covered then?”
“There will be an explanation under the benefits with whatever health care plan you choose, that will show you what your coverage is and what it is for,” Vetter said.
G. Azboy asked if she needed to be claimed as a dependent, since she already has coverage, when her husband applies online for the insurance marketplace. Vetter said her husband would still have to list her as a dependent.
After the presentation was over G. Azboy said she felt a lot better about the process.
“I thought this was very helpful,” she said. “This helps to let us know where we stand.”
She also said it was important for her to receive information about the insurance marketplace from a reputable source.
Vetter said she was happy with the consumers who have attended the presentations so far.
“The consumers are pretty well informed and have been asking great questions,” Vetter said. “I would love to see more people come out and attend the sessions.”
She said each day she is receiving more reservations to attend one of the sessions the hospital is hosting.
The goal of the presentations was to be able to walk people through the online application process. However, with the Web site being down currently, Vetter asked attendees to leave their name and telephone numbers so when the Web site is up and running people can make an appointment with a certified enrollment counselor.
Several of the attendees left their information with Vetter, including the Azboys.
“We will definitely come back and do the application,” G. Azboy said.
For more information about the insurance marketplace forums, please contact Amy Vetter at 319-863-3920. The next presentation will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, in Keota at the Wilson Memorial Library from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.