October 14, 2020
Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) is gearing up to help our community members with both Medicare and ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment periods!
CCHCC is the ONLY organization in Champaign County that has trained, certified, and experienced staff who can help with BOTH Medicare and 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.
How CCHCC will do Open Enrollment work during the pandemic:
Normally, CCHCC would hold Community Meetings for each Open Enrollment, in order to provide information, answer questions, and set up appointments. We cannot hold Community Meetings this year because of pandemic restrictions, but we are still gearing up to help our community! We will provide our help by producing on-line presentations that can be viewed and shared (stay tuned for announcements for when those will be ready!), scheduling appointments for one-on-one help with enrollment, and providing written resources and information that will be posted on our website and shared through email and social media.
CCHCC has you covered!
Medicare Open Enrollment – from October 15 through December 7, 2020
Medicare Open Enrollment for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D (prescription drug plans) takes place every year from October 15 through December 7.
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Medicare Part D Plan, this is your opportunity to review your plan to make sure it will continue to meet your needs for the coming year, or to change plans, if needed.
CCHCC staff are available to schedule appointments to help answer your Medicare-related questions and to help guide you through your decisions about whether to keep or change your plans. Also, if you are going to be new to Medicare, CCHCC can help you get set up for your Medicare enrollment and the decisions you will need to make about your coverage.
In addition, CCHCC can help provide information about programs like Medicare Extra Help and Medicare Savings, that can help lower the costs of Medicare expenses for low-income seniors and people with disabilities.
If you need help with your Medicare Open Enrollment, please contact CCHCC to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff! To contact CCHCC for help, please call our office phone and leave a voicemail message at 217-352-6533, or send us an email at email@example.com . We will contact you to schedule your appointment!
ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment – from November 1 through December 15, 2020
There is a lot going on with the ACA (that will be a subject for a different email!), but it’s important to remember that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is still the law of the land! So, that means that private health insurance, and subsidies to make that insurance affordable, are still available through the ACA Marketplace! Also, for lower-income folks, Medicaid is still available, and Medicaid enrollment is available year-round. If you are not sure whether you qualify for a Marketplace plan with a subsidy, or for Medicaid, we can help you figure that out!
Most folks who get their health insurance through the ACA Marketplace need help and guidance with their enrollment process, and with applying for financial assistance. CCHCC is here and ready to help!
If you need help with your ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment, please contact CCHCC to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable staff! To contact CCHCC for help, please call our office phone and leave a voicemail message at 217-352-6533, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will contact you to schedule your appointment!
How you can help CCHCC get Champaign County covered:
You can help us get as many community members as possible covered with the best insurance to meet their needs by helping to spread the word about our services, and about Open Enrollment. You can share our emails, Facebook posts, etc. with your networks to help get the word out. You can also help support our work by making a contribution to CCHCC. Outreach and education efforts will be more important than ever this year, because the pandemic is making it more challenging for folks to get the information and help they need. Your contribution will help support our outreach and enrollment work, which is provided free to our community.
Support CCHCC! 
As always, we appreciate your support!
Champaign County Health Care Consumers