Mooresville, NC (February 7, 2014) – If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.
The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don't have health insurance after March 31, 2014, the last day to enroll.
Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace – and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.
“This is where Lake Norman Regional Medical Center can help the uninsured in our community,” said Steve Midkiff, Lake Norman Regional CEO. “With many people lacking access to a computer or just need help maneuvering through the enrollment website, our application counselors can help. We can assist individuals and their families evaluate the available health plans and determine if they’re eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options.
All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and individuals cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Some of the available health benefits include preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services – and more.
“Even though North Carolina has chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in our community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained Midkiff. “We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”
It’s not too late to enroll for health coverage and avoid the penalty. In addition to hospital counselors offering assistance, you may simply visit www.healthcare.gov to sign up.
About Lake Norman Regional Medical Center
Lake Norman Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive medical care to individuals throughout the greater Lake Norman region. Located just off I-77 at Exit 33, the Mooresville medical campus offers complete specialty services from 24-hour emergency medicine and maternity to oncology and advanced surgical services.