Rocking Horse offering insurance counseling to public

Staff report



Do you need health insurance? Rocking Horse Community Health Center (RHCHC)-Madison is here to help you better understand and obtain information about your health insurance options.

A Certified Application Counselor (CAC), Jessica Doggett is located at the RHCHC-Madison location Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to meet with people to discuss their health insurance options.

She is able to discuss enrollment options with clients as well as help in the online enrollment processes on site. You do not have to be a patient of the RHCHC-Madison to be assisted by Doggett.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a set of health insurance reforms that started in 2010 and will continue through 2015 and beyond. With this new law, all persons are required to have health care coverage as of Jan. 1, 2014. Currently the 2016 Open Enrollment for Marketplace Insurance has started Nov. 1, 2015 that lasts until Jan. 31, 2016.

Important dates to know for 2016 enrollment:

Nov. 1, 2015: Open enrollment started — first day you can enroll in 2016 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as Jan. 1, 2016

Dec. 15, 2015: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start Jan. 1, 2016.

Jan. 1, 2016: 2016 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by Dec. 15, 2015.

Jan. 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start Feb. 1, 2016.

Jan. 31, 2016: 2016 Open Enrollment ends. Enrollments or change between Jan. 16 and Jan. 31 take effect March 1, 2016.

The Health Insurance Marketplace will be available to everyone and offers a new way for people without insurance to get coverage. Through the Marketplace, you can learn whether you are eligible to receive lower costs or discounts on insurances and if you qualify for Medicaid.

Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. There is no deadline or enrollment dates to sign up for Medicaid. Medicaid is open to individuals and/or families to apply year-round who are 65 years and younger.

Medicaid has expanded eligibility guidelines in Ohio and more individuals are now able to qualify for health coverage. Adults between 19 and 64 years old that are within 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) may qualify for Medicaid. Pregnant Women that are within 205 percent of the FPL and Uninsured Children (up to 19 years old) that are in a household within 211 percent of the FPL may also be considered for Medicaid coverage.

Doggett is able to assist individuals and/or families in need of health insurance today.

For more information contact: Jessica Doggett, Certified Application Counselor, 212 N. Main St., London, OH 43140; Phone: 740-845-7286; Fax: 740-845-7499; Email:


Staff report