Yes! Health insurance is important for better health. Those with health insurance are more likely to receive preventive health care, such as screenings and annual exams, and are less likely to go to the Emergency Department for non-emergency needs.
In addition, most individuals are now required by law to have health insurance for at least nine months of 2014. Open Enrollment is only available until March 31, 2014. We recommend that you enroll before March 15, 2014, so that coverage will begin in April. (Note that some individuals can enroll later due to “life changes,” which may include death, divorce, birth or a change in employer coverage.)
No, health insurance is not retroactive and will not cover care that has already been provided. In addition, it could take from two-to-six weeks for a new health insurance plan to become active during the Open Enrollment period. After March 31, 2014, you will not have another opportunity to obtain coverage until January 1, 2015, unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
Most Montanans will qualify for lower premiums or some financial assistance on health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, in the form of tax credits to offset the monthly premium cost for coverage or discounts on the costs when medical services are received for persons with incomes between 100 and 400% of Federal Poverty Level. For example, for a family of four that range is an estimated household income from $23,850 to $94,200 for this year. Learn more about more affordable health insurance options at www.healthcare.gov
Probably, but it’s important to make sure your favorite doctor(s), providers, hospital and pharmacy are in-network in your chosen insurance plan before you enroll. Billings Clinic is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, PacificSource and Montana Health COOP Access Care, and WinHealth plans. Billings Clinic is out-of-network in Montana Health COOP Connected Care plans and you will pay more out-of-pocket costs to see Billings Clinic under these plans.
To be sure, we recommend that you check with the insurance company(ies) you are considering to see if your medications are covered by the plan’s “formulary.” The formulary is the list of prescribed medications covered by an insurance plan.
It’s very possible. Many children qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through Healthy Montana Kids, the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program. You can find out if you qualify for Healthy Montana Kids or for financial assistance on a family health insurance plan by going to www.healthcare.gov
No, you don’t need to do anything. If you have questions about Medicare, please call Billings Clinic Senior Life at 406-657-4400 or toll-free at 1-800-332-7156, ext. 4400.
That depends. It may be possible, but you will need assistance from the office of Montana’s Insurance Commissioner. You can reach them at 1-800-238-7156 or 1-406-444-2040 or go to www.MontanaHealthAnswers.com .
Billings Clinic has Certified Application Counselors (CACs) who can assist you with questions or help you enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call our Certified Application Counselors at 406-238-2601 or toll-free at 1-800-332-7156, ext. 2601.
In addition, there are CACs and Navigators available at many other health care organizations, hospitals and communities in our region. To find local help near you, go to www.healthcare.gov and click on “Find Local Help.”