Health West is helping take the mystery out of the marketplace, by hosting Open Enrollment Days, to educate the community about their insurance options through Idaho's insurance marketplace, 'Your Health Idaho'.
"Health West has seven different community health centers throughout Southeast Idaho, we are having Open Enrollment Days in all seven different locations and the whole community is invited to come,” says Mindy Stosich, MBA, Director of Strategy and Business Development at Health West.
Health West has five certified in person assisters on staff to help with the enrollment process for Idaho's insurance exchange.
"That's part of our job, such a big part of our community just doesn't feel confident that they know even what this is going to change in their own lives...so that's going to be largely what we do, is educate our patients and the community,” says Jackie Carlson, Health West.
"I'm actually bilingual, so I'll be able to help the people that have that language barrier,” says Lori Wright, Health West.
Health West says that since the tax credits are available for up to 400% of the poverty level, many people will be eligible for it that do not even realize it.
"That tax credit works, in that it comes off their premiums, how much they pay for insurance per month, so it will make it more affordable on an ongoing basis,” added Stosich.
For people like Laronette Schletter, that need to get health care insurance, the question is, how will this benefit her?
"Oh it's going to help me a great deal, because I can't afford my meds, I need to see specialists, and stuff like that, so this should be really good for me,” says Pocatello resident, Laronette Schletter.
"Yea, .so it's very exciting, there is insurance that is available today, we are having a few glitches with the system, but I'm sure we will get those worked out soon, and we will have new coverage for Southeast Idaho,” Stosich says.