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Outreach and Enrollment Team at OHI Is Scheduling Appointments for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment Poster (2015-16 open_enrollment_eng)Do you need health insurance? The Outreach and Enrollment team at (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health center, are scheduling appointments to help the general public and its patients with enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, which begins November 1, 2015, and ends January 31, 2016.

Sasha Andino and Carmen E. Lopez, associates of the Outreach and Enrollment Department, and other qualified OHI staff will answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Bilingual certified application counselors are available by appointment only.

Appointments can be made at four OHI sites: Lakewood Health Center, 101 Second Street, Lakewood; Toms River Health Center, 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; Manahawkin Health Center, 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Manchester Health Center, Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70, Lakehurst.

To sign up for health insurance at the time of their appointment, enrollees should bring their social security card; proof of income, such as paystubs, W-2 forms, or other income information; their employer’s information; and their date of birth. Eligible immigrants who want health coverage should bring their documents.

For Open Enrollment appointments, and questions and information about OHI’s services, call Ocean Health Initiatives at 732-363-6655. For more information, contact Sasha Andino, outreach and enrollment associate, 848-210-0970 or Carmen Lopez at 732-966-3749.

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OHI to Host Press Conference on the ACA and the Accomplishments of OHI, This Friday, Oct. 24

Dr. Theresa Berger, CEO of Ocean Health Initiatives, with headquarters in Lakewood, and Lakewood - Skychairwoman of the board of trustees of NJPCA (New Jersey Primary Care Association) has announced that Jackie Cornell-Bechelli, regional director of Health and Human Services, Region II, (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) will hold a press conference at OHI, 101 Second Street, Lakewood, Friday, October 24, 2014, at 2:00 p.m.

Cornell-Bechelli will talk about the Affordable Care Act, Open Enrollment, the role of FQHCs, and such highlights of OHI as the opening of OHI’s Manchester site, Patient Centered Medical Home recognition, and the opening of the Clifton Avenue Grade School’s School Based Wellness Program.

Members of the media; Jorge Rod, the chairman of OHI’s Board of Directors; Dr. Gilbert Fleischer, OHI’s CMO (Chief Medical Officer) and the staff of OHI will be present. Following the press conference, Cornell-Bechelli will tour the Lakewood OHI site.

Cornell-Bechelli, who was appointed by Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of HHS, serves as a key representative of Secretary Burwell in working with federal, state, territorial, local, and tribal officials on health and social service issues, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act.


OHI to Participate in Mexican Consulate Health Fair 2014

10443213_763602430379205_7878088298222931064_oOcean Health Initiatives (OHI) a federally qualified health center, is partnering with the Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia, to host the health fair “Salud es Movimiento” (Health Is Movement) Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Lakewood Middle School, 755 Somerset Avenue, in Lakewood, N.J. from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

OHI will be offering blood pressure and glucose screenings, providing dental health material and distributing information about its medical services in Ocean County.

OHI’s outreach and enrollment team for Health Insurance Marketplace will be available with information about upcoming open enrollment and other opportunities for health insurance. The 40-foot, handicapped accessible, mobile medical unit will be parked outside for the glucose testing.

The Mexican Consulate of Philadelphia, which also covers Ocean County, NJ, is hosting the health fair to promote healthy habits for the entire community, including the Mexican and Hispanic communities.

For more information, contact Beatriz Patiño, Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator, (732) 551-1457.

Health Insurance Eligibility is Available for Select Situations

OHI would like to remind you that some individuals and families may still be eligible to enroll in health insurance.  Even though the formal open enrollment period has closed, our Outreach and Enrollment Department is available to assist our patients and the public with any questions about the Health Exchange.

Special Open Enrollment in the Marketplace is available up to 60 days AFTER the following events have occurred:Bigger-Family

  • Those who are recently married
  • Had or adopted a child
  • Had a change in immigration status
  • Have been released from incarceration
  • Received an exemption from the Marketplace but now have a higher income
  • Anyone who lost health insurance because of:

– Leaving or losing a job
– Moving into New Jersey or moving from another part of New Jersey
– Divorce
– Turning 26 years of age and lost coverage on a parents plan
– Lost eligibility for Medicaid or CHIP

These life-changing situations allow people to participate in this special enrollment period; however, it is important to remember that you must enroll within 60 days after the event occurred.

People who can enroll ALL year include:

  • Anyone eligible for Medicaid or have a child who is eligible for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan)
  • A small business owner who wants to offer coverage to employees
  • Native American or Alaskan native

Our Bilingual Certified Application Counselors in the Outreach and Enrollment department and other qualified staff will answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance.  To schedule an appointment, call (732) 363-6655

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.

OHI to Sponsor Open Enrollment Help Days This December – Open to the Public


OHI December 2013 - Open Enrollment Days

If you need health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, you must enroll by December
23, 2013, for the insurance coverage to begin by January 1, 2014. OHI (Ocean Health Initiatives), a federally qualified health care center, with locations in Lakewood, Toms River, and Manahawkin, is offering to help the general public and its patients, by appointment only, at three Open Enrollment Days this December.

Bilingual Certified Application Counselors in the OHI Health Exchange Marketplace department will be available Saturday, December 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Toms River at 301 Lakehurst Road; Tuesday, December 17, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Manahawkin at 333 Haywood Road; and Saturday, December 21 in Lakewood at 101 Second Street. Open enrollment closes March 31, 2014.

SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Beatriz C. Patino, the coordinator of the Health Exchange Marketplace Department, and Carmen E. Lopez and Sasha Andino, associates, and other qualified staff will answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance. Free gift bags and light refreshments will be available.

For Open Enrollment Day appointments and questions, call Health Exchange Marketplace Department at 732-363-6655.