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Health insurance open enrollment began Nov. 1

In 2010, the health reform was signed into law known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly called ObamaCare. This law makes it possible for more families to have access to preventive, affordable health care. At St. Mary’s (Cottonwood) and Clearwater Valley (Orofino) Hospital and Clinics (SMH/CVHC) an onsite benefits counselor, Becky Colwell, is ready to assist you through the process of eligibility, enrollment, policy information and more.

“We know that signing up for health insurance benefits can be an intimidating task, especially if you have never done it before,” said Colwell. “I am here to help you with that process.”

In addition to plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace, she is able to help people sign up for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and she is also a certified Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisor (SHIBA) and is able to provide free Medicare counseling.

“We want you to know that we are here to help,” said Colwell. “More insured people mean more people with easier access to healthcare, and that is something we at SMH/CVHC are very passionate about.”

St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics has also partnered with area insurance agents who assist with this process and provide consumers with plan recommendations. Those agents are: Rod Grant, Walrath Insurance, 476-5527 in Orofino, Bonny Turner, Greg Kimberling Insurance, 476-5713 in Orofino, Mike Asker, Farm Bureau, 983-2401 in Grangeville, and Dominic Lustig, Camas Prairie Insurance, Camas Office 962-5401 in Cottonwood, Seyer Office 983-1238 in Grangeville.

Contact Colwell at 476-8018 for assistance with signing up for health insurance. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31, 2017.


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