Health Care Groups Promote Exchange That Goes Online Tuesday

Open enrollment for the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace begins Tuesday for the 880,000 uninsured Hoosiers.

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Open enrollment for Indiana health insurance begins Oct. 1.

Hoosiers have less than a week until open enrollment begins for the Indiana Health Insurance Marketplace, and numerous statewide organizations have been aligning resources to help prepare for the enrollment.

Beginning October 1, eligible Hoosiers will be able to compare health insurance options and enroll in a plan.

“This is a critical time for statewide organizations to join in a collaborative effort to assist Indiana residents in achieving affordable health care, while improving the overall health and well-being of our state,” Philip Morphew, Indiana Primary Health Care Association CEO, said in a statement Thursday.

Indiana Hospital Association officials have also said they have a major stake in the health care exchange. exchange. Medicare reimbursement rates have been cut in recent years, and if hospitals can get more people to sign up for health insurance through the exchange, they will likely be paid more for those patients than they would for treating people who are uninsured.

A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report that was released Wednesday and promotes the exchange indicates Hoosiers will be able to choose among 34 healthcare plan choices.

They could also be eligible for tax credits that can go toward their monthly premiums.

Federal data shows that a 27-year-old single Hoosier who makes $25,000 a year can get very basic coverage from anywhere from $80 to nearly $150 a month after tax credit. A family of four with an income of $50,000 can get very basic coverage from around $45 to nearly $300 a month after tax credit.

Approximately 880,000 Hoosiers under the age of 65 do not have health insurance.

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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