Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

September 28, 2013

Guest Commentary: Navarro Regional to help consumers sign up for new health insurance options

By Xavier Villarreal
Navarro Regional Hospital

Corsicana — Beginning Oct. 1, Navarro Regional Hospital will help residents enroll in new affordable health insurance options. This initiative is part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires most U.S. citizens to have health insurance beginning Jan. 1, 2014. A primary goal of the Affordable Care Act is to help uninsured, eligible Americans gain access to affordable healthcare. Financial help to lower costs is also available for people who qualify.

Americans will be able to find health plans on the Marketplace that cover a comprehensive set of benefits, and they cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Some of the health benefits include preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services, and more.

While Texas has chosen not to expand Medicaid, government subsidies to help citizens obtain coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace are available, depending on income and other qualifications. There are still many individuals in our community who qualify for Medicaid coverage even though Texas not expanding Medicaid. These individuals can enroll at any time and coverage can begin immediately.

At Navarro Regional Hospital, we’re committed not only to supporting your health needs, but also to educating and informing the people we serve. Beginning Oct. 1, citizens will be able to make an appointment with our trained staff to help navigate and sign up for affordable health insurance. Translators will be available.  For more information or to make an appointment please call 903-654-1028.

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By Xavier Villarreal, CEO Navarro Regional Hospital