Covering Kids & Families
Milwaukee Enrollment Network
Heather Dummer Combs
MILWAUKEE- July is one of the most popular months for people to move. Although moving to a new area can be stressful and chaotic, it may also provide consumers the opportunity to gain some peace of mind by accessing health insurance coverage.
Though the Health Insurance Marketplace’s Open Enrollment period closed in February, there are a number of special qualifying life events that allow people a chance to enroll or change their coverage throughout the year – and changing zip codes is one of them.
“Consumers who switch jobs and cities of residence may no longer have the same health insurance options as they did back home. Since a change in zip code is considered a qualifying life event, movers will have 60 days to apply for new coverage,” says licensed Navigator Caroline Gomez-Tom.
“Sixty days still provides plenty of time to unpack, arrange the furniture and enroll your family in health insurance coverage!”
Consumers can apply online for health insurance coverage at healthcare.gov, call the Health Insurance Marketplace 1-800-318-2596, or contact a local Navigator or enrollment assister to talk through their options face-to-face.
Call Covering Kids & Families for more information and to apply; Milwaukee, 414-270-4677. For other local enrollment assistance sites, dial 2-1-1 or visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.
About Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin (CKF) – Based at the University of Wisconsin with offices in Madison and Milwaukee, CKF is a statewide organization that works in partnership with professionals in community-based organizations, government agencies and healthcare providers to educate and promote enrollment in appropriate health insurance programs. CKF is a 2014 Navigator grantee, and through partnerships with Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, provides enrollment assistance in the following areas: Milwaukee, Madison, Dane, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth and Rock and southwestern counties. More information at http://www.ckfwi.org.
About the Milwaukee Enrollment Network – The Milwaukee Enrollment Network is a consortium of more than 100 organizations committed to promoting adequate and affordable health insurance coverage, with a focus on low-income uninsured and underinsured people in Milwaukee County. Its members are implementing a number of strategies to help individuals understand, buy and keep health insurance. More information at http://www.mkehcp.org/mken.