Open Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Passes the Halfway Point
 Take Care Utah is available to provide free assistance for Utahns seeking health care via Obamacare or Medicaid

November 26, 2019
For Immediate Release | Salt Lake City

The healthcare.gov Marketplace Open Enrollment period just passed the halfway point. Far too many consumers still believe coverage is too expensive or out of reach. And yet, roughly 80 percent of those that shop on the exchange qualify for financial assistance to make health coverage affordable. And there are more health insurance companies serving Utah than ever before.
 
Though attempts have been made to undermine the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid, such as the pending Texas v. U.S. decision and the recent Utah Medicaid expansion repeal, Take Care Utah is dedicated to helping people statewide successfully enroll in these programs. Marketplace enrollment has held firm throughout several years of tumultuous political attacks, but Medicaid enrollment still lags. Take Care Utah sees Open Enrollment as an opportunity to strengthen both programs this year.

Take Care Utah encourages Utahns who are unsure about their health care coverage options to reassess and consider applying for a Marketplace, or Medicaid, plan. Additionally, this year our health access assisters continue to see that Utahns are largely unaware of the Marketplace's exceptional preventative care coverage, which most often is free. That includes services like immunizations, colonoscopies, mammograms, and birth control. This is an incredibly important part of health care and Take Care Utah stresses to the community to come and learn more about these services.

Luis Rios, the Coverage to Care Director at Take Care Utah, explains "It really comes down to two things: one, health insurance offers financial protection against unforeseen medical bills and, two, it promotes families getting healthier. Many people don't realize that most preventive services are available without co-payment on Marketplace plans. The best part of the enrollment process is letting families know how their investment in health insurance can help them right away, and at no additional cost."
 
"Take Care Utah health access assisters are ready to help people enroll and are excited that individuals and families have more options this year" said Maria Guadarrama, Community Relations Director for Take Care Utah. "our services are free, we offer service in various languages and are located in multiple counties in the state, let us help you navigate your health care options."
Take Care Utah 's health access assisters help people navigate the health care system, from enrolling them in insurance to helping them find a doctor. These assisters are a unique asset to the community. They meet people where they are, providing free enrollment assistance in libraries, recreation centers, the prison, schools, treatment centers, and more. People can call the office for any questions and to set up an appointment, 801-433-2299. Visit  www.TakeCareUtah.org  for the nearest enrollment assister site. Take Care Utah is a program of Utah Health Policy Project.
Media contact:

Maria Guadarrama
Take Care Utah Community Relations Director
Call or Text- 435-764-0377
Email- maria@healthpolicyproject.org

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