Ohio Healthcare Premiums Continue to Decrease
The 2016 open enrollment on health insurance period kicked off Oct. 28 with some optimistic news and a meeting of some of the most prolific local elected officials.
The United States Health and Human Services Region V Director Kathleen Falk met with PrimaryOne Health CEO Charleta B. Tavares and other community partners to shed light on this past year’s successes.
According to Falk, Ohio was one of only a few states to see a decrease in healthcare premiums during 2015. She also noted that Ohio’s uninsured rate dropped from 17.3% in 2012 to 8.7%, a large win for community health partners.
“The Affordable Care Act has had a huge impact on people’s lives and Ohio’s economy, with $4.6 billion in federal funds being returned to Ohio for services provided to people enrolled in Expanded Medicaid between January 2014 and September 2015,” said Falk.
Preparation Today For a Healthier Tomorrow
Currently, PrimaryOne Health has five Certified Application Counselors who assisted in the enrollment of 4,336 individuals into healthcare programs in 2015.
“We have more work to do this year as there are still between 500,000 – 800,000 Ohioans who remain uninsured,” said Tavares. “We want to assist our community members get enrolled, connected to a medical home and improve their health so children and adults are ready to learn and ready to earn.”
Coalition Members at the Kick-Off Event
- Get Covered America
- The Second Harvest FoodBank
- UCHANC of Ohio
- Enroll America
- Columbus Public Health
- Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
Representatives Who Helped Announce the Kick-Off of 2015’s “Souls to Enroll”
- Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson
- Commissioner Paul Brooks
- Representative Hearcel Craig
- John Gilligan of Senator Sherrod Brown’s Office
For more information regarding the 2016 Open Enrollment period, contact us today.