Genesee Health Plan to offer extended office hours

FLINT — 2020 Open Enrollment through the Federal Health Insurance Exchange – also known as HealthCare.gov (Affordable Care Act/ Obamacare) – began Nov. 1 and Genesee Health Plan(GHP) is here to help Genesee County residents enroll in health care coverage. GHP will also offer extended office hours to accommodate those who cannot enroll during normal business hours.

“Health coverage is essential to living a healthy life and we’re committed to being the central place to go for health care coverage and information,” said GHP President and CEO Jim Milanowski. “Genesee Health Plan makes the health coverage enrollment process less confusing by having highly trained staff who can help people get health coverage, learn how to keep it and use it.”

GHP will offer enrollment services for the following health care coverage options, with staff available to help residents determine which plan to enroll in.

HealthCare.gov: Open Enrollment through HealthCare.gov runs Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 for people to shop for health insurance. Plans purchased through this enrollment period will start Jan. 1, 2020.

Medicare: Open Enrollment began Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. GHP has six certified Medicare and Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) Counselors available to assist residents with enrollment into a Medicare plan. Visit GHP’s website for more information about Medicare Open Enrollment.

Healthy Michigan (Medicaid): Healthy Michigan is a Medicaid program offered through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Visit GHP’s website for more information about Healthy Michigan. Enrollment is year-round.

Genesee Health Plan: Genesee County residents who are at least 19 years old, do not have health insurance and meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for Genesee Health Plan coverage. Visit GHP’s website for more information about its health plan. Enrollment is year-round.

GHP will offer extended office hours every Tuesday through Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, from 5-6 p.m., GHP will host a health care resource phone bank with WNEM TV5 to answer questions about health care enrollment and new Medicaid requirements.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, 5-7 p.m., GHP will hold an evening health care enrollment event in partnership with the Greater Flint Health Coalition and Hamilton Community Health Network.

Anyone who needs to enroll in health care coverage is encouraged to call GHP’s office at 844-232-7740 to schedule an appointment. Enrollment takes place in GHP’s office at 2171 S. Linden Road in Flint. For more information, visit www.geneseehealthplan.org. — G.G.