Mercy partners with licensed insurance agents to reach uninsured

February 26, 2014

The Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline is inching closer, yet one in four working adults in Arkansas still don’t have health  insurance. To help people get coverage in time, Mercy Northwest Arkansas is offering an enrollment and education fair. Beginning March 3 through March 31, residents can visit one-on-one with a licensed insurance agent to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday in the Mercy Hospital NWA lobby located at 2710 Rife Medical Lane in Rogers, Ark., and the Mercy Physician Plaza at 2708 Rife Medical Lane in Rogers, Ark.

“We chose to work with the licensed agents because they can help choose the plan that best fits each individual or family, said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Northwest Arkansas. “This is not a cookie cutter situation where everyone’s plan will look the same, and it’s a new experience, so we will also have Mercy co-workers on hand to help people feel comfortable and hopefully take the unknown out of this process.”

Those who attend the enrollment fair will find out what their health insurance options are through the Marketplace and receive information about the financial assistance that could help them pay their premiums.

To be eligible to enroll, persons must live in the U.S., be lawfully present in the U.S., and be under 65 years of age.  Anyone who plans to attend these help sessions should bring:

  • Date of birth date and Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants) for each member of household
  • Employer and income information for every member of the household (for example, pay stubs, W-2 forms, wage and tax statements)

“The deadline is close and still our community has many moms and dads, college students, and others who are uninsured,” said Pianalto. “As health care providers, we want to be there to help our community.”

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