GREAT BARRINGTON — Community Health Programs (CHP) recently announced its insurance counselors remain available to help with sign-ups for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance plans. The open enrollment period has been extended by the state until May 23, 2021.
Since the annual open enrollment period began on November 1, CHP has counted a marked increase in requests for health insurance assistance. Between Nov. 1, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021, CHP’s insurance team assisted 701 people with applications for new insurance or re-enrollment in existing health plans. During the same period in November 2019 through January 2020, CHP assisted 458 clients.
“COVID is the main reason, because people who have lost jobs wanted to make sure they and their loved ones still have health coverage,” said William Cruz, lead certified patient navigator at CHP. “We’ve also added two additional patient navigators and have done a good job of getting the word out that we are here to help.”