SHERIDAN, WY— Sheridan Memorial Hospital is offering a free service and will host a free event to assist anyone who needs help navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Open enrollment for the insurance marketplace begins Friday, November 1 and the deadline to enroll, or re-enroll, is December 14. SMH has six Patient Financial Advocates available to help anyone in need of assistance with this process.
“While our advocates are available by appointment, we will also be hosting a Health Talk event the evening of Thursday, November 14 to provide additional opportunities to meet with our advocates for those who need the help,” said Cheryl Relaford, Patient Access Manager at SMH.
“Our advocates are trained to assist anyone in the community who needs help navigating the enrollment process,” Relaford added. “We know it can be a difficult or confusing process, and this is a natural opportunity to expand the role of our advocates for this short time to assist our community members in need.”
SMH advocates can help individuals understand how the marketplace works; help with reviewing coverage options, first-time enrollment, and re-enrollment. Depending on each individual’s eligibility, there are plans to help cover prescriptions, hospital stays, doctor visits and more. Some may even qualify for a tax credit to help individuals afford health insurance coverage.
“There is no charge for the assistance from our advocates,” Relaford added. “We just want to help our community members.”
There are multiple options for additional information. To make an appointment with one of the SMH Patient Financial Advocates, call 307-675-4620. The website for the marketplace is www.healthcare.gov, or call 2-1-1 for immediate inquiries.