Health ConnectIMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2014

HealthConnect, supported by UW Health, has already enrolled over 100 low income individuals who are benefiting from full payment of their premium purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

HealthConnect, a United Way of Dane County health insurance premium assistance program supported by UW Health, is still accepting applications for help this year. HealthConnect is not health insurance but rather provides financial assistance for an individual’s out of pocket cost of the insurance premium for silver level health plans purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“With all the changes underway in health insurance coverage under BadgerCare and in the Affordable Care Act, many in our community will be affected. We are especially concerned that several thousand people with incomes just above the poverty level won’t be able to pay for their premium, even with the federal subsidy they’ll receive,” says Sandy Erickson, Director of Community Impact- Health Initiatives.  “It’s vital that we reach everyone in our community who could qualify for help from HealthConnect.”

To be eligible for HealthConnect assistance individuals must meet three basic requirements. 1) Be a resident of Dane County, 2) purchase one of the more than 55 silver level plans available among the four insurance providers in Dane County listed in the Health Insurance Marketplace and 3) meet the income requirements listed in the chart to the right.

The HealthConnect program is open to any Dane County resident whose income falls between 100-133 percent of the federal poverty level. To enroll in the program, individuals should log onto the Health Insurance Marketplace by visiting healthcare.gov or by calling (800) 318-2596 and purchasing any silver level coverage plan. Next, they should call United Way 2-1-1 or visit unitedwaydanecounty.org/healthconnect and submit a short application form.

United Way 2-1-1 can also connect anyone to a number of resources and sites to help educate and assist residents in understanding the Affordable Care Act, navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace and ultimately assist with signing up for coverage. Dial 2-1-1 from any mobile or landline any time during the day or night to get connected with a resource specialist.

About Our Community’s Agenda for Change

EDUCATION

  • Students succeed academically and graduate from high school, regardless of race.
  • Children are cared for and have fun as they become prepared for school.

 SAFETY

  • There is a decrease in family homelessness.
  • There is a reduction in violence toward individuals and families.

 HEALTH

  • People’s health issues are identified and treated early.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities are able to stay in their homes.

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About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change—seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County. To learn more visit unitedwaydanecounty.org