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December 2019 – Give the Gift of Health! Support CCHCC!

December 2019

Dear Friends,

Did you 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. We’ve been doing Medicare enrollment work even longer, and our services are free!

CCHCC staff are federally Certified Application Counselors, and we provided our free services to help thousands of community members get, and keep, affordable health insurance. Besides ACA Marketplace plans, our staff also help with Medicare enrollment, Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Part D plans, as well as Medicaid and Medicaid Managed Care plans.

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 consider making a contribution to help support CCHCC’s ongoing work to enroll as many community members as possible in affordable health insurance. As the end of the year approaches, so does the end of the Open Enrollment periods for Medicare and the ACA Marketplace. But our enrollment work does not end when the Open Enrollment periods close. Community members need help year-round, when their life circumstances change – whether as a result of a change in jobs, moving, getting married, having a baby, or aging into Medicare – and CCHCC is here to help whenever they need us! And in turn, we need your help! Please consider making a financial contribution to support CCHCC’s work.

CCHCC’s experienced staff with highly-specialized skills are here to help year-round!
CCHCC’s staff are the most experienced enrollment workers in our community! Thanks to community support from people like you, CCHCC has been able to retain staff and build our expertise in health insurance enrollment. This work is complicated and can be difficult, but our staff have highly specialized skills and knowledge to help our community members enroll in health insurance. We help community members get covered during Open Enrollment, and beyond Open Enrollment – people need help year-round, when life circumstances change, and their health insurance options and needs change.

Doing enrollment work is not easy – it is time-consuming and very technical, but we don’t quit! Health insurance enrollment work is increasingly complicated, as health insurance continues to change, and the Trump Administration has taken actions to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Because of actions by the Trump Administration, the Marketplace Open Enrollment period has been cut in half – from 90 days to 45 days. In addition, the Trump Administration has slashed the federal outreach budget that was used to help publicize Open Enrollment and the Marketplace. This means that CCHCC has to work even harder to help get the word out in our community, and to provide services to all the clients who need help with enrollment, in an even shorter period of time!

Helping someone enroll in health insurance – whether it be Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Part D, a Marketplace plan, Medicaid, or a Medicaid Managed Care plan – can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 4 hours, depending on how complicated the person’s situation is.

CCHCC also provides valuable community education!
Every year during the fall Open Enrollment periods, CCHCC helps provide community education and resources by holding Open Enrollment Community Meetings. This year, we held a Medicare Open Enrollment Community Meeting in October, and a Marketplace Open Enrollment Community Meeting in November. All of our presentations and materials from these meetings are made available to the attendees, and to the broader community.

CCHCC provides more than enrollment help – we help people get the health care they need.
But CCHCC does not just help people enroll in health insurance – we also help make sure that the individuals and families applying for health insurance coverage also gain access to the health care that 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.

Please consider making a contribution to help support CCHCC’s ongoing work to enroll as many community members as possible in affordable health insurance. We want to help enroll as many individuals and families as possible during Open Enrollment, and beyond – whenever they need us.

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!

Donate Now!


Claudia Lennhoff
Executive Director