More Time for Marketplace Enrollment!
Health Options is ready to respond to President Biden’s new executive order reopening the Affordable Care Act’s federal insurance marketplaces from February 15, 2021 through May 15, 2021.
This reopening is a significant move that will triple the access time for people to sign up for health insurance in 2021, which is more vital than ever, given the country’s historically high unemployment rate and the amount of healthcare needs brought on by COVID-19.
According to Kaiser Family Foundation, Maine has 63,500 uninsured people who are Marketplace eligible, and 45 percent (29,000) are eligible to receive partial subsidies, bringing health insurance within reach for many who do not have it.
“Health Options wants to reach these Maine people who are uninsured, including the many who are eligible for subsidies and tax credits that will make high quality health insurance attainable,” said Kevin Lewis, president and CEO of Health Options. “The health insurance landscape can be daunting, but our excellent service, dedication to improved health outcomes, and longevity in the Marketplace combine to provide Maine consumers the guidance they need. Health Options is, after all, the Maine-based nonprofit insurer driven by the simple belief that all Mainers must have access to affordable, high-quality health coverage.”
Questions? Keep checking healthoptions.org for more details. If you have family members or friends who need health insurance, please refer them to our Member Services at (855) 624-6463, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and in that spirit, we have launched our Spring 2021 Community Giving grant cycle. Interested Maine nonprofits can apply now through March 8, 2021.
The current Spring 2021 grant cycle targets nonprofit programs and organizations working to promote wellness and community health. Preference will be given to nonprofits helping to treat and manage asthma, coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression, diabetes, hypertension, and substance use disorder and to helping Maine people living with these conditions to be their best selves – mentally, physically, and emotionally.
“According to the Maine CDC, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease and diabetes are among the leading causes of death in our state, and depression is a common comorbidity. Additionally, opiate overdoses continue to contribute to a staggering loss of life throughout the state,” said Kevin Lewis, president and CEO. “We are a Maine-based health insurance provider with a vision to transform and improve individual and community health. Helping to manage these health issues is a top priority for us, and we are committed to working with nonprofits that share our vision and can address some of the greatest health threats to Maine people.”
If you are involved with a nonprofit or know of local organizations that could benefit from some Spring growth in funding, please help spread the word. Learn more at the Community Giving section of our website and apply here by March 8, 2021. Recipients will be notified during the week in April 2021.
 Maine Leading Causes of Death: Ten Most Common Causes, 2018, Maine CDC Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics