Monthly Archives: March 2014

OHI Offers Assistance as Health Insurance Deadline Nears

3-29-14 - Open Enrollment Closing EventIf you are waiting for the last minute – it’s almost here. Monday, March 31, 2014, is the last day to enroll for health insurance. On Saturday, March 29, 2014, certified navigators in the Health Insurance Marketplace of OHI, a federally qualified health care center, will be available to assist the public by appointment only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 101 Second Street, Lakewood, N.J.

Besides registering for health insurance, OHI is offering a number of health-related activities throughout the day, such as free health screenings, including blood pressure checks, glucose screenings, and diabetic education. Representatives from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), a government assistance program to help low-income households pay for food, will be available to offer assistance.

OHI is also sponsoring a food drive to collect canned goods and nonperishable items for a local food bank or Catholic Charities. Children can enjoy face-painting, taking pictures with a cartoon character, and animal balloons. Free light refreshments (granola bars, fruit, donuts, water and soda) will be available.

3-29-14 - Open Enrollment Closing Event (Spanish)Beatriz C. Patino, the coordinator of the Health Exchange Marketplace Department, is hoping to enroll at least 500 people by the end of the month. For more information, contact Patino at 732-363-6655 Ext. 8363. OHI will still be enrolling people on Monday, March 31, the very last day to register.

OHI offers free education sessions on Affordable Care Act

If you don’t have health insurance and you aren’t quite sure if you need it or can afford it, then Ocean Health Initiatives’ Free Education Sessions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can help put your mind at ease. The deadline for open enrollment in the ACA is March 31, 2014.

2-28-14 - Education Sessions Flyer (OPEN TO PUBLIC)The free sessions at OHI sites will be held in English and Spanish in Lakewood at 101 Second Street, March 20 and 27 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; in Manahawkin, 333 Haywood Road, on March 18 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.; and in English and Spanish at Toms River, 301 Lakehurst Road, March 19 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Not sure if you really need health insurance coverage? You do! People who don’t have health insurance tend to skip or postpone getting the care they need, they don’t fill prescriptions because of the costs, and they have trouble paying their medical bills, which are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the United States.

There are four levels of coverage in the marketplace plans and experts at OHI will explain them at the education sessions. Some people may qualify for Medicaid or N.J. Family Care (for children).

OHI can also help you enroll in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Bilingual certified application counselors in the OHI Health Exchange Marketplace department will be available by appointment through March 31. For Open Enrollment Day appointments and questions, call OHI’s Health Exchange Marketplace department at 732-363-6655, extensions 8364, 8363, or 8840.