Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope will offer an informational session Tuesday on the operation of the federally-mandated Health Insurance Marketplace in Arkansas.
Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope will offer an informational session Tuesday on the operation of the federally-mandated Health Insurance Marketplace in Arkansas. The 3 p.m. program is set for the cafeteria at the local hospital on South Main Street and the program is free of charge, according to Wadley spokesperson Shelby Brown. Leann Rogers, regional executive from Arkansas Blue Cross/Blue Shield, the marketplace provider for Southwest Arkansas, will explain options available under the federal Affordable Care Act, Brown said. “The presentation will provide an overview about the new law, discuss how people can determine if they are eligible for free or low-cost coverage and what 'metallic' health plan options are available,” Brown said. The session will cover points such as household income and household size ranges that determine various aspects of eligibility for federal subsidies under the law, she said. “In Arkansas, Medicaid now will cover adults up to 138 percent of Federal Poverty Level or single households with estimated incomes around $15,282 and families with estimated incomes under $31,332,” Brown said. “In addition, presenters will discuss the importance of having health insurance as Arkansans without insurance face barriers in accessing quality health care and necessary medications.” Rogers will also discuss the coverage services available under the ACA. “Research studies show that people with health insurance live longer, healthier lives,” Rogers said in a press statement. “That’s because people with health insurance get medical care early — before they become very sick. They get the checkups and cancer screenings they need to catch serious health conditions before they become too advanced. And people with health insurance are more likely to have a regular doctor who knows them and their medical history.” The Open Enrollment Period under the new healthcare law began Oct. 1 and Arkansans have until Dec. 23 to enroll in a health plan for policies that will become effective Jan. 1, 2014. The current Open Enrollment Period will end March 41, 2014, according to Arkansas Blue Cross/Blue Shield.