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Adirondack Health Institute News

Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured New Yorkers Facing Tax Penalties

Impacted Individuals and Families Can Sign Up For Coverage March 1 – April 30

NY State of Health has announced a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who had to pay a federal penalty for 2014 and had not been aware or had not understood that they would have to pay a penalty for not having health insurance coverage. The SEP will start on March 1 and end at 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2015.

The Affordable Care Act imposes federal tax penalties on individuals who do not have health coverage. The 2015 penalty for those who are uninsured and do not have an exemption will be $325 per adult or two percent of income, whichever is greater. The 2016 increase will be $695 per adult or two-and-a-half percent of income, whichever is greater.

To be eligible for this SEP, individuals must attest that:

  • when they filed their 2014 federal tax return, they paid a penalty for not having health insurance in 2014,
  • they first became aware of or understood the implications of not having health insurance in 2014 when they filed their federal tax return.

New Yorkers need be aware that they will not be able to purchase coverage during the remainder of 2015. Consumers may be subject to a federal tax penalty when they file their 2015 federal income taxes if:

  • they do not enroll during this period
  • do not meet the criteria for other SEPs

Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid and Child Health Plus can continue to enroll throughout the year.

Don’t Fumble When it Comes to Health Insurance: Get Covered Today!

The big game is nearly upon us – watch this fun Super Bowl-themed video from NY State Health as a reminder that getting injured while uninsured can cost you an arm and a leg.  Don’t fumble when it comes to health insurance.  Take a time out now and call AHI at 1-866-872-3740 to make a free appointment with one of our certified navigators to get the coverage you need.  The navigator will coach you through the NY State of Health Marketplace sign-up process so you can find an affordable, quality health plan that will keep you safe for the big game and beyond. The enrollment deadline is February 15, so get in the game and score a touchdown before the clock runs out.

Plattsburgh Health Insurance Open Enrollment and Health Fair Day – Thursday, February 5

Don’t miss your chance to enroll in health insurance through the NY State of Health Marketplace AND learn more about other FREE programs in Clinton County!  AHI will be hosting an open enrollment event and health fair:

  • Thursday, February 5
  • Plattsburgh Public Library, 19 Oak Street
  • 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Health Fair – Free Clinton County programs:

  • Adirondack Health Institute
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY
  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
  • Behavioral Health Services North
  • Healthy Neighborhood Program
  • Legal Aid Society of Northeastern NY—Nutrition Education Programs
  • Plattsburgh Public Library — tour the library and sign up for a membership

There will be giveaways, snacks and refreshments, and free raffle items.

Health insurance enrollment deadline is February 15! Don’t miss the deadline to enroll –  AHI will be taking limited walk-in appointments.

What to bring for enrolling:

  • Social Security numbers and birth dates for everyone in your household
  • Income documentation (Tax return and/or pay stubs)
  • Current insurance (Please bring your insurance card)
  • If applicable:
    * Citizenship documentation
    * Your online NY Gov ID

For questions or to make a no-cost appointment, please call 518-641-9618.

AHI Health Insurance Open Enrollment Event at Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone

Your chance to enroll! Thursday, January 22nd, 9:00 am  – 6:00 pm.  Enroll in health insurance such as Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or a qualified health plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace. There will be giveaways, snacks and refreshments, and free raffle items. For questions or to make a FREE appointment, call Jill at 518-641-9618 (walk-in appointments are limited).

What to bring:

  • Social Security numbers and birth dates for everyone in the household
  • Income documentation (tax return and/or pay stubs)
  • Email address and password (we can help set one up for you)
  • Current insurance (please bring your insurance card)

If applicable:

  • Citizenship documentation
  • Your online NY Gov ID and password

Saranac Lake Health Insurance Open Enrollment at Adirondack Medical Center

AHI will be hosting an open enrollment event at Adirondack Medical Center, Saranac Lake, Tuesday, January 13, from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For questions or to make a FREE appointment, please call Jill at 518-641-9618 (walk-in appointments are limited).

AHI will help you enroll in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or a qualified health plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace.

What to bring:

  • Social Security numbers and birthdates for everyone in the household
  • Income Documentation (tax return and/or pay stubs)
  • Email address and password (we can help set one up for you if you don’t have one)
  • Current insurance (please bring your insurance card)
  • If applicable:
    • Citizenship documentation
    • Your online NY Gov ID and password

There will be giveaways, snacks and refreshments, and raffle items.

Free Health Insurance Enrollment Days! December 29 and 30

Adirondack Health Institute is hosting free health insurance open enrollment days.

Queensbury Indian Lake
When Monday, December 29 Tuesday, December 30
Where The Dome, 326 Upper Sherman Avenue, Queensbury Public Health Building, 139 White Burch Lane, Indian Lake
Time 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Please call 1-855-650-0112 to arrange a no-cost appointment with one of Adirondack Health Institute’s certified navigators.  They will help enroll you in a free or low-cost health insurance plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace.

The navigator provides guidance through the health insurance enrollment process and helps find the plan that best meets your needs.  We also help determine if you qualify for financial assistance.

Vendor booths, snacks and refreshments and fun activities for kids will also be available.

NY State of Health Releases Demographic Health Insurance Enrollment Data

NY State of Health today released demographic enrollment data on the nearly 1 million New Yorkers who enrolled in health insurance plans during the first-year open enrollment period.  The report indicates that more than 80 percent of enrollees reported being uninsured at the time of application. From October 2013 through April 2014, 960,762 New Yorkers enrolled in a health plan through the NY State of Health Marketplace. To view the report, please follow the link below.

http://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/2014openenrollmentreport

 

 

EASE Department Publishes Spring 2014 Newsletter

AHI’s Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance Services and Education (EASE) Department has published its Spring 2014 newsletter.  To read the newsletter, please click here:

EASE Newsletter — Spring 2014

Connecting Kids to Health Insurance Coverage

Don’t forget you can enroll your children in Child Health Plus all year long. Call us for an appointment with a certified navigator today at 1-866-872-3740.  And while you’re at it, check out this video from the Connecting Kids To Coverage national campaign.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mar_4BWhEgs

Breaking News: Health Insurance Enrollment Deadline Extended For Individuals Unable to Complete Applications

The New York State Department of Health has announced that individuals who have taken steps to apply for health insurance but have been unable to complete the enrollment process by the March 31, 2014 deadline through no fault of their own, now have through 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2014 to enroll.  Adirondack Health Institute (AHI) will provide assistance to those individuals who have taken steps to apply for coverage but have been unable to complete the enrollment process.  In-person, free-of-charge appointments are available by calling AHI at 1-866-872-3740.

Below is a list of acceptable reasons for not being able to complete enrollment by the March 31, 2014 deadline:

* Trouble with identity proofing
* Technological issues
* Customer Service Center delays
* Delay in getting an appointment with an assistor

To prove that you have a valid reason for needing additional time to enroll, you will be asked to agree to the statement below. It means that you are giving the Marketplace your word that you tried to enroll, but it wasn’t your fault that you weren’t able to complete enrollment.

I took steps to obtain health insurance through the NY State of Health Marketplace but, through no fault of my own, was not able to complete my application before the open enrollment period ended March 31, 2014.