More than 100 expected at FHC Fall Forum 11.13.2014

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Attention News Editors

Contact: John Clayton

VP, Communications

603-415-4255

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For Friday, Nov. 14, 2014                                   

                    

                                                                                            

Foundation for Healthy Communities to host forum connecting insurance coverage to health care services

CONCORD – More than 100 counselors, clinicians andMarketplace Assisters (MPAs) from throughout New Hampshire will be on hand today (Friday) when the Foundation for Healthy Communities hosts a program to prepare for the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period.

The program, called “Navigating for Health: Connecting Insurance Coverage and Health Care Services,” will be held at the Holiday Inn on Main Street in Concord from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Walk-in attendees are welcome.

Dr. David Radley – a senior scientist at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston – will describe how New Hampshire compares to the 49 other states on a scorecard that assesses access to care, affordability, preventive care, quality of care and other measures.

Organizers expect to identify gaps that exist in New Hampshire for people to effectively gain access to health insurance coverage and navigate the health care system, and also to demonstrate the value that Managed Care Organizations can provide their members to improve health outcomes.

The Foundation for Healthy Communities has eight Marketplace Assisters who have been certified and are ready to assist consumers in the upcoming Marketplace enrollment that begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs through February 15, 2015.

All 26 acute-care hospitals in New Hampshire have been contacted about providing on-site, weekly enrollments. The Foundation MPAs are also working closely with Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and MPAs from ServiceLink, Planned Parenthood of New England, and Bi-State to provide these services.

Bilingual MPAs who speak Spanish and Portuguese will be available in Hillsborough County.

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The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in New Hampshire. The Foundation’s partnerships include hospitals, health plans, clinicians, home care agencies, public policy leaders, and other organizations.

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