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Turn to NOAH for Access to Healthcare

Enroll in health insurance with Crystal

At NOAH, our patients are the most important thing. And for the Community Resource team, caring for patients is an often complex and very individualized job. Helping patients live healthy lives might sound like simply going to an appointment with your healthcare provider, but it starts with access to healthcare but is so much more than that.

A few things to consider:

  • What if a patient doesn’t have health insurance?
  • How does a patient without a car get to an appointment?
  • What if an appointment with a doctor is important, but the patient is too stressed because the family doesn’t have enough food for tomorrow?
  • How will a patient schedule an appointment without a computer, internet service, or other technology?

The Community Resource team helps find answers to these questions that benefit individuals and families. One of the most valuable ways to connect with patients – or future patients – is through health insurance enrollment.

Crystal, NOAH’s Community Resource Supervisor shares what to expect from her team.

Access to healthcare

“We meet people a few different ways, from the Hospital to NOAH program, patients just calling or submitting our appointment form, or from one of our NOAH providers referring a patient,” explained Crystal. “We’ve met people this past year who are without insurance for the first time, or people who are underinsured, overpaying for insurance, or those who need insurance for their children. Whatever the situation, NOAH can help find the health insurance program or resource to help.”

Crystal and her coworkers can help English and Spanish-speaking patients enrolling in:

  • AHCCCS Medical Assistance (Medicaid)
  • NOAH Discount Program
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • KidsCare
  • Health Insurance Marketplace (ACA)
  • Temporary Cash Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Medicare Savings Program

And, the good news is that enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace reopened until August 15th. More people can enroll if they didn’t during the fall, or if someone’s had changes in work or income and need health insurance.

“This extended ACA or Marketplace enrollment gives us an opportunity to help even more,” said Crystal. “Now the ACA gives people more options to get the care they need. For example, people might be over income for a program like AHCCCS – which is a terrible feeling – and the ACA is their only option. These people earn too much to qualify for one program, but don’t earn enough to see the doctor or specialist they need. There are more options now and we can help people find what works for them.”

If you’d like an appointment to help with your Health Insurance Marketplace (ACA) enrollment, call 480-882-4545 or complete this online form and Crystal or one of her teammates will schedule your appointment.

Access to more than healthcare

Having health insurance is so important, but so often, our Community Resource team helps individuals and families connect with other resources.

“It is really rare that we meet with a patient for one thing, and they end just getting just that ONE thing,” said Crystal. “We ask everyone a few questions that bring up other opportunities to help.”

Other services like housing needs, food assistance, and transportation for medical appointments, are just a few of the resources available from the Community Resource team.

“We have all worked with patients who are stressed over real issues like how to feed their families, or where to find a job,” shared Crystal. “Once someone meets with us, we can help them find so many other resources and even services like our NOAH counselors to help through some challenging times. We are a tight community and love helping others.”

ACA Open Enrollment is Here!

Having health insurance is one of the best ways to take care of yourself and your family. Whether it’s through an employer, the Health Insurance Marketplace, or Arizona’s Medicaid offering AHCCCS, there are different insurance options available. Knowing the best plan for you and your family is important and NOAH is here to help during Open Enrollment.

Starting February 15, you can enroll in a health insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace that fits your needs. NOAH Community Resource Specialists can provide you with information about several different options and can help complete paperwork virtually with you to see if you qualify for some of the available plans.

The Health Insurance Marketplace

Often referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace or Obamacare, the Health Insurance Marketplace helps more Americans have access to health insurance. If you aren’t covered under an employee plan, or don’t qualify for Medicaid/AHCCCS, you can get insurance through the Marketplace. In Arizona, there are several different providers to pick from, and different plans to fit your healthcare needs and finances. NOAH’s Certified Application Counselors are available to help you understand your options, eligibility, assist virtually with paperwork, and help with your enrollment in a Health Insurance Marketplace plan.

For health insurance coverage through the Marketplace, the enrollment deadline is August 15.

Other Health Insurance Options

  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) – AHCCCS is Arizona’s Medicaid program. There are free and low-cost plans available for individuals and families. To qualify, you need to meet income requirements and be an Arizona resident. AHCCCS is open for enrollment year-round but does need to be renewed annually.
  • KidsCare – If parents are covered under an employer insurance, but kids are not, the KidsCare program can help! KidsCare, often referred to as CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) is offered through AHCCCS and is available for Arizona children under age 19 who meet the income requirement. Like AHCCCS, this health insurance is also open for enrollment year-round. If your family already qualifies for AHCCCS, you don’t need to worry about the separate KidsCare coverage for your children.

If you’ve recently received a letter reminding of your recertification date for AHCCCS or KidsCare, or have had changes to work, income or other health coverage, the NOAH Community Resources Specialists can help with your AHCCCS eligibility and enrollment.

Enrolling in ACA

Health insurance can be complicated. Whether you are enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace for the first time, are renewing your AHCCCS plan, or have changes to your policy, it is nice to have support along the way. NOAH has trained, certified team members here to help you with 2021 ACA/Obamacare/Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment, so give us a call at 480-882-4545, or fill out the form here and select “Community Resources – Eligibility” under Type of Appointment. 

REMEMBER – Open enrollment starts Monday, February 15th and closes Sunday, August 15th!