Maine Insurance Superintendent Eric Cioppa, in a recent press release, urged Mainers who don't have health insurance to buy coverage during the extended Open Enrollment that is running now through August 15, 2021.
[Note: On March 23, this special enrollment opportunity was extended until August 15, 2021. This action will allow individuals and families more time to access the SEP and enroll in Marketplace coverage with the increased tax credits to reduce their premiums and for those currently enrolled to change plans in response to the increased tax credit availability.]
Cioppa said, "If you thought that you can't afford to buy health insurance, it's a good idea to take another look. Plans have changed, some rates have gone down this year, and depending on any changes to your income and household size, you may qualify for more assistance than in the past."
His good news came with some words of caution: "Mainers should be sure to use trustworthy sources to get the best healthcare coverage at the best price," Cioppa said. "We've received complaints from consumers who purchased plans they thought provided comprehensive coverage, but that actually have very limited benefits."
We are proud that Cioppa cites Community Health Options as one of only three trustworthy sources of comprehensive health insurance providers in Maine. To earn this distinction, we must provide broad coverage for office visits, lab work, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and medications, and we are required by law to pay for a certain percentage of our Members’ medical costs.
Cioppa urges Maine people to beware of any organization offering health insurance that makes you feel pressured to buy or asks for financial information or a Social Security number over the phone. Always read plan materials carefully.
When in doubt, check with coverme.gov or call Health Options’ Member Services at (855) 624-6463 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
All voting should be this easy! If you are a Health Options Member 18 years of age or older you can cast your ballot online for the Board Director candidates of your choice. Voters will elect – or in some cases, re-elect – five of the eight candidates running for open seats. The successful candidates will serve a three-year term beginning January 2021.
Election Services Corporation (“ESC”), an independent third party, is conducting the election and has communicated with all eligible voters. ESC established a website for online voting but will also accept hard copy ballots sent by postal mail. Those ballots must be postmarked by November 5; online votes must be submitted by 5:00 pm ET on that date.
If you need additional information about your voting options, contact ESC at (866) 720-4357 or via email at CHOHelp@electionservicescorp.com.
Election results will be announced at Community Health Options’ Annual Member Meeting that will be held via online Zoom meeting on Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Our guest speaker will be Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who will discuss Maine’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To join the meeting, go to healthoptions.zoom.us/s/94455576847 using passcode 583469 and webinar ID 944 5557 6847. You can also join by phone at (646) 876-9923.