Eskenazi offers help for Hoosiers as Affordable Care Act health insurance deadline looms

Enrollment deadline is March 31

INDIANAPOLIS - With just one week remaining to sign up for an insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act, Eskenazi Health officials are working to make the process stress free for Hoosiers.

Enroll Indianapolis Day is scheduled to be held Saturday, March 29. Melissa Masterson is the associate director of patient access and financial eligibility services at Eskenazi and she says more Hoosiers are showing interest in the program as the deadline nears.

"The staff is made up of certified navigators. The process to screen folks through the marketplace takes approximately 30 minutes. We are definitely seeing increased interest since the deadline is approaching." Masterson said.

The certified navigators are trained to help uninsured Hoosiers who may feel intimidated by signing up for the insurance on the Healthcare.gov website.

"I think most people understand their options. Once we help them through the online process, they know whether or not they're eligible for coverage through the marketplace. They also know what their coverage options are, and then they can best select the one that suits their needs or their family's needs," Masterson said.

Hoosiers who want to sign up at Eskenazi will need to bring proof of citizenship and proof of income. Tax records will also be accepted.

Eskenazi's first Enroll Indianapolis Day had such a huge turnout that organizers decided to hold a second one this Saturday, just two days before that March 31 deadline.  There will be more than 70 navigators on hand to help and no appointment is necessary.

Missing the deadline will result in an annual fine of about $95 for an individual for the first year. That fine will go up in subsequent years.

If you enroll by the deadline, coverage begins May 1.

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