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Ten days left to enroll in Marketplace health insurance!

Open Enrollment til Jan 15!

January 5, 2022

Did you know that the Biden Administration extended the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace plans to January 15, 2022?

This is great news for individuals and families who still need to sign up for health insurance for this new year, and CCHCC is here to help!

About the ACA Marketplace – private health insurance plans AND subsidies to make plans more affordable: The Affordable Care Act created the Marketplace, where individuals and families can go to purchase private health insurance plans, and qualify for financial assistance to lower the costs of the health insurance plans. But the ACA Marketplace has an Open Enrollment period during which to purchase the Marketplace plans and qualify for subsidies. Fortunately, this Open Enrollment period has been extended until January 15!

To learn more about the ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment, please visit our Marketplace Open Enrollment Center.

You can also view CCHCC’s powerpoint slides presentation on the ACA Marketplace.

Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for Marketplace plans: The ACA Marketplace does allow for enrollment in health insurance plans outside of the Open Enrollment period, but only under certain conditions.

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CCHCC remembers our dear friend, George R. Carlisle

December 16, 2021

Many of you who have lived in the Champaign-Urbana community for a long time are probably familiar with George R. Carlisle. George moved away from our community about ten years ago to go live near his sister and her family in Oklahoma.

Sadly, George died from COVID on November 28 of this year, in Bixby, Oklahoma.

George was a man about town. When George lived here, you may have seen him at performances at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, or you may have heard him sing in various church choirs. You may have seen him in older buildings in our community, on and off campus, taking photographs of old toilets and urinals, which seemed to fascinate him. You may even have seen him dumpster-diving after the students left at the end of the semester. And you would certainly have seen him at CCHCC events – at our holiday parties, community meetings, marches, and protests, or just hanging out in our office.

George was (as we say in Texas, where I’m from) a “character”. He was a totally unique and fascinating individual. He was a sort of gentle giant – tall and large with a strong presence, comfortable in any setting, and eager to talk.

George was most likely on the autism spectrum and he spoke in a monotone, with one sentence running right into the other, sometimes unendingly. But what he had to say was almost always fascinating and informative. George was extremely intelligent and well-read, and his interests were many and varied, and you could always count on learning something from him in every conversation.

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Marketplace Open Enrollment until Jan 15! Help give the gift of health!

December 15, 2021

Did you know that the Biden Administration extended the Open Enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace plans to January 15, 2022? This is great news for individuals and families who still need to sign up for health insurance for next year, and CCHCC is here to help!

Last week we wrapped up our work on Medicare Open Enrollment, and we were pleased to help so many of our community members sign up for the plans that work best for them, keeping them in-network with their doctors and making sure their prescriptions are covered!

Until recently, we were in the midst of two overlapping Open Enrollments: Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plans AND the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace Open Enrollment for private health insurance and subsidies!

To learn more about the ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment, please visit our Marketplace Open Enrollment Center.

But, CCHCC provides more than enrollment help – we help people get the health care they need. As part of our enrollment services, we help people get set up with “medical homes” where they can receive primary and preventive care, and referrals for specialty care. We also help pay for people’s prescriptions when they can’t afford them, and we help our clients gain access to affordable dental, vision, and mental health services. Our work gives our clients the gift of health.

And, did you know that CCHCC is the only organization in Champaign County that can help local residents with BOTH Medicare Open Enrollment, as well as ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment? And, we also help with Medicaid enrollment, which is open year-round! And our services are FREE! You can help support CCHCC’s Open Enrollment work by sharing our information with others so that they can get help getting covered, and also by making a financial contribution to CCHCC.

Did you also know that Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) gets no federal or state funding to help community members enroll in health insurance? And yet, even without federal or state funding, CCHCC has been doing enrollment work for the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace plans since the very beginning – October 2013. And, we’ve been doing Medicare enrollment work even longer, and our services are free!

How can we do this work without federal or state grants? The funding that supports CCHCC’s enrollment work comes from community support – including individual contributions from people like you!

Please visit here to learn more about our work, and how you can help support us!

SUPPORT CCHCC!

Thank you for your support!
We appreciate your financial support for our services. Together, we are building a stronger, healthier community – together, we are giving the gift of health!

Sincerely,
Claudia Lennhoff
Executive Director
Champaign County Health Care Consumers

Black Friday at CCHCC – Great Deals! Add us to your shopping list!

November 26, 2021

As you head out to the stores this morning (or sit down to shop online), consider adding Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) to your shopping list!

You’ll find great deals at stores or online, but your “purchase” with CCHCC will make a lasting impact in our community!

CCHCC offers both client services, and health care advocacy. We provide free services to over 300 clients per month, and we also organize and advocate for policies and legislation that improve our community’s health.

Below, you can check out CCHCC’s Great Deals, and also see the many ways you can support our work.

GREAT DEALS AT CCHCC!
We offer Great Deals on health insurance enrollment, access to care, and prescriptions for low-income individuals and families, as well as advocacy and community organizing!

We hope that in the spirit of the holiday season, you will consider making a Tax-Deductible contribution to CCHCC to “purchase” one of these great deals:

  • $200 – helps us advocate to keep and expand Medicaid, Medicare, and the ACA.
  • $100 – helps us enroll a family in new affordable health insurance.
  • $50 – helps us teach local residents about COVID testing and vaccines.
  • $35 – helps us enroll an individual in new affordable health insurance.
  • $20 – helps us get a low-income individual approved for food stamps (SNAP).
  • $15 – helps us get an individual scheduled for a primary care appointment.
  • $2, $4, $10 – helps us cover the costs of prescription drugs to help manage chronic health conditions.

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Two overlapping Open Enrollment periods: Medicare and Marketplace!

November 16, 2021

We are in the midst of two overlapping Open Enrollments: Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plans AND ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment for private health insurance and subsidies!

CCHCC is the only organization in Champaign County that can help local residents with BOTH Medicare Open Enrollment, as well as ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment. And, we also help with Medicaid enrollment, which is open year-round! And our services are FREE!

CCHCC is the ONLY organization in Champaign County that has trained, certified, and experienced staff who can help with BOTH Medicare and ACA Marketplace Open Enrollments, as well as Medicaid enrollment! CCHCC’s services are free. You can help support CCHCC’s Open Enrollment work by sharing our information with others, and also by making a financial contribution to CCHCC.

Please see below for information on both types of Open Enrollments, CCHCC’s Open Enrollment Centers for Medicare and for Marketplace, and to learn how CCHCC can help!

ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment – from November 1 through January 15, 2022
Good news! The ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment period has been extended by one month! Now, instead of closing in mid-December, ACA Open Enrollment goes through January 15, 2022.

Medicare Open Enrollment – from October 15 through December 7, 2021
Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug plans) takes place every year from October 15 through December 7.

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