Samuel U. Rodgers Center ready to help as Health Care Marketplace opens

By Melissa Wharton
Northeast News

Whether you’re already insured or not, it may be time to visit the Health Insurance Marketplace to look at their coverage options. The condensed open enrollment for 2018 is open from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15.

While the open enrollment period has lasted three months in previous years, this time around the period is just six weeks. Other changes include the insurance carriers and provider networks.

“With only six weeks to enroll in 2018 coverage, it’s important to act now and schedule an appointment with a trained assister,” said Jim Torres, marketplace program manager at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center and CoverKC co-chair. “Our help is free, and by starting early you can avoid any enrollment delays that could arise later.”

Torres and his team of trained navigators assist people who need help enrolling in the Marketplace. They are located throughout the metro and offer free, in-person assistance to review plan options, see if they qualify for financial help, select a plan, and navigate the application progress. In the Northeast, CoverKC has navigators at the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center.

“We’ve already had quite a few appointments. Our calendar is filling up quickly, so people should contact us soon,” Torres said. “We encourage everyone to come in, update their information and shop around. The plan you had last year may not work for you this year, because plans may change. Prices can go up. So we encourage people to shop around and find the best value for them for this next year.”

To find an assister near you, call United Way 2-1-1 or visit www.coverkc.org.

Comments are closed.

  • Northeast Newscast Episode 34 – the expansion of Healing House w/ Executive Director Bobbi Jo Reed

    November 17th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News This week on the Northeast Newscast, managing editor Paul Thompson sits down with Healing House […]


    ‘Revive the East Side’ legislation is heading to City Hall

    November 17th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Sixth District KCMO Councilman Scott Taylor held a press conference at City Hall on Thursday, […]


    KCPS maintains provisional accreditation

    November 16th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) earned 89.5 of a possible 140 points in its 2017 […]


    Local Artist unveils Woodland Elementary School Mural

    November 16th, 2017
    by

    By Michael Bushnell Northeast News Historic Northeast is blessed to have world class artists living within the community, and on […]


    Block Watch Organizing 101

    November 15th, 2017
    by

    Heather Welch Special to Northeast News During a recent community meeting discussing the increased number of homicides in Historic Northeast, […]


  • Previously vandalized sculpture relocated to Scuola Vita Nuova

    November 14th, 2017
    by

    By Melissa Wharton Northeast News A sculpture that was vandalized at Independence Park Plaza in August has found a new […]


    Shooting on Independence Avenue

    November 13th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News Police responded to a non-lethal shooting near the intersection of Independence Avenue and Denver on […]


    Northeast Newscast Episode 33 – the violent crime episode

    November 10th, 2017
    by

    By Paul Thompson Northeast News This week on the Northeast Newscast, Managing Editor Paul Thompson dives into the violent crime […]


    Community forum to discuss food’s relation to race, gender and economy

    November 10th, 2017
    by

    By Melissa Wharton Northeast News Stakeholders in the local food movement in Kansas City, Missouri are holding a forum with […]


    Triple homicide in the Blue Valley Area

    November 10th, 2017
    by

    Northeast News At approximately 10 am this morning officers were called to the 4900 block of E. 17th street. Upon […]


  • What’s Happening

    CID: Northeast Community Center & Children’s Memorial Lutheran Church

    The direction of history

      Last Friday night, this long-in-the-tooth newsdog had the honor and privilege of witnessing the future of history in this […]

    retorts illustrated by bryan stalder

  • Local Weather

  • [Advertisement.]