Families get insurance options

Low-income families can now apply for health insurance at any time of the year through the federal Marketplace. That's important because it means they won't be stuck with a plan that doesn't meet their needs or isn't accepted by their health care provider, a Thrive representative said.

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February 10, 2022 - 9:39 AM

Thrive Allen County’s Casey Godinez, care coordinator, left, and Rhonda Culp, director of care coordination, are among those available to help low-income families apply for health insurance after a change in the law allows for extended enrollment. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

Low-income families can now apply for health insurance at any time of the year through the federal Marketplace.

A change in the Affordable Care Act offers special enrollment for those households that fall below 150% of the federal poverty level.

“This is to reach more of the underserved and under-insured, low-income families to give them an opportunity to have health insurance without being limited to a certain timeframe,” Rhonda Culp, director of care coordination for Thrive Allen County, said.

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