The Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center is making insurance counselors available at three Jackson County locations to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.
Counselors may be able to help people who didn’t qualify last year for the health insurance marketplace to apply for an exemption.
Reasons include financial need and other circumstances that affect someone’s ability to get insurance, said James Torres, health insurance marketplace coordinator at the Rodgers center.
“We’re trying to find people who might qualify to get insurance now because something changed in their situation,” Torres said. “Maybe their household increased in size or decreased in size or their income went up. If someone had a life-changing event they can apply anytime even though the open enrollment is closed.
“People who lose their insurance coverage for whatever reason, maybe they can apply now and see if they can get it through the marketplace.”
Downtown clinic, 825 Euclid Ave., from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. other weekdays year-round.
Cabot Westside Medical Clinic, 2121 Summit St., 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at least through mid-November. A Spanish-speaking counselor will be available.
Kansas City Health Department, 2400 Troost Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through at least mid-November.
Open enrollment is Nov. 15 through Feb. 15, 2015.
“Anybody who is uninsured or who wants to see if they can get cheaper insurance can apply at that time,” said Torres.
| Norma King,
Special to The Star
Making an appointment
Appointments for counseling sessions can be made by calling James Torres at 816-889-4634. Walk-ins are also welcome.