As a nonprofit community hospital, Tucson Medical Center knows that economic health is closely correlated with physical health outcomes – and as a result, having health insurance can be transformative.
“Not only does having coverage mean adults and families can get the preventive care they need to stay as healthy as possible and manage any chronic conditions, but it also protects them when they encounter unanticipated medical expenses,” said Julia Strange, vice president of community benefit at Tucson Medical Center.
For those hoping for coverage to start at the beginning of the year, Thursday, Dec. 15 is the deadline to enroll in health insurance through the federal marketplace, although those qualifying for AHCCCS or KidsCare can apply year-round.
For those looking for coverage on the marketplace, there are two other key dates to be mindful of:
- Jan. 15: Those who enroll and pay the first month’s premium will have coverage beginning February.
- Jan. 31: Open enrollment closes.
At a recent enrollment press conference, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild lauded many aspects of the Affordable Care Act, noting it has made coverage affordable for 20 million Americans, has prevented discriminatory practices toward those with pre-existing conditions and has allowed young people to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26.
Despite the political uncertainty that surrounds the Affordable Care Act, the Mayor said, it is still the law and still an option. “No one should be discouraged from signing up for health insurance,” he said. To see the coalition’s press conference, please visit the Arizona Daily Star’s video of the event at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nE7C99b4HEo
Free, in-person help in choosing a plan is available at several upcoming wellness events or through an appointment. Visit www.CoverAZ.org for more information.