This week the nonprofits who will become Navigators in Wisconsin was announced. Navigators are groups who help residents use the new marketplace and identify health insurance options for them. Imagine them as insurance agents whose only goal is to find you the best coverage and receives no kick-back from companies.
The Awarded Organizations
- Partners for Community Development, Inc - "emphasis on reaching out to Hispanic and Hmong families and other hard - to - reach eligible consumers in Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties"
- Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc - "provide Market place Navigator services at 21 Wisconsin Job Centers with outreach provided at libraries, Senior Centers and college campuses by existing staff that have experience working with diverse populations."
- Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc./SeniorLAW - "will conduct outreach to the 60 - 64 population in Wisconsin"
- National Council of Urban Indian Health - "provides training, technical assistance, outreach, and education to Urban Indian Health Programs"
- National Healthy Start Association
- R&B Receivables Management Corporation DBA R&B Solutions
What if I'm not connected to them? Where do I go?
Good question, not everyone will go to these "navigators", in fact the vast majority on the newly insured we hope won't. The major way people will get coverage is through their employer or through a new online marketplace similar to Expedia where they can purchase coverage online. But if that doesn't appeal to you, how else can you get coverage?
- County governments across Wisconsin will be tasked with helping individuals sign up
- The Federal Government will have a call center open 24/7 to help you sign up - 1-800-318-2596
- Many hospitals and community health centers will help sign people up who come in the door
- Libraries across the state will help navigate you to a computer and set you up to gain coverage
- Other nonprofits, agents & brokers will help sign people up who come to them
Here's the most important part. If you have health coverage now and you like it, you can keep that coverage. If you do not like your coverage, no matter when your coverage start date is, you can go to the new health marketplace after Oct 1st and shop around. If you want a new plan you can leave your current health plan. In Wisconsin you are allowed to end any health insurance plan early if you would like to switch. You are never stuck in a plan.
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Check out our healthcare website - www.GotHealthcareWI.org