The Cover Kansas Navigator Project will be participating in a Health Insurance Marketplace Information and Enrollment event from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., January 23, at Century II Convention Center – Room 201. Certified Navigators will be on hand to personally assist individuals and families with the federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace’s online application and enrollment process.

Cover Kansas Navigators have completed 20 hours of online training with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid. They are there to provide unbiased information and to help consumers establish eligibility, compare plans, prepare applications and enroll in the health insurance Marketplace.

Individuals attending the enrollment event should bring basic information about their family and household, including:

· Names, birth dates and Social Security numbers for everyone in the household

· Projected household income for 2016

· Tax information, such as filing status and number of dependents

· Immigration documentation and supporting identification numbers

· An email address, which is required to create an online Marketplace account. Assistance can be provided for those who need to create one.

Many Kansans may be eligible for the Advanced Premium Tax Credits through the federal Marketplace. These credits help lower monthly insurance premiums. Some may also qualify for Cost Sharing Reductions, which lower the out-of-pocket costs associated with Marketplace plans.

The open enrollment period began November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016.  This is one of several Information and Enrollment events that will be happening statewide. Those unable to attend are encouraged to visit www.coverks.org. The website features information about coverage options, financial assistance that may be available, a schedule of statewide enrollment events and a “find help” section to connect to a Cover Kansas Navigator.

“Enrolling in health insurance can be difficult and overwhelming,” said Debbie Berndsen, Cover Kansas Navigator Project Director. “We believe the Information and Enrollment Events and the coverks.org website will help ease fears and stress by providing helpful information and by connecting Kansans to Navigators who have been trained to personally assist them through the process.”

The Navigator Project is funded by a federal grant from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) is the grantee and lead agency for the Cover Kansas Consortium, which also includes the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation, Kansas Association of Local Health Departments, Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Health Reform Resource Project and the Kansas Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Disabilities.

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