NewsHealthHealth Policy / March 28, 2014

Enroll Indianapolis Day, Saturday

Sam Klemet
Enroll Indianapolis Day, Saturday

Hoosiers have until Monday to sign up for insurance through the Federal Marketplace.

Eskenazi Health received nearly $600,000 in federal grants to help Hoosiers sign up for health care. Saturday, it’s hosting Enroll Indianapolis Day.

Eighty insurance navigators will be on hand to answer questions and help residents determine which plan is best.

"Some people elect not to actually purchase insurance that is available to them at that point when they are in front of a navigator, so it's a really big decision for people in terms of paying for health care for them or their families," said Associate Director of Patient Access and Financial Eligibility Services, Melissa Masterson  "So, a lot of times they meet with us. They figure out what they are eligible for and how much it is going to cost them."

She says most people then go home after a navigation session and make a decision with their families.

The process includes creating a health care account with user name and password, identity verification, income information, and family details.

Masterson says sign ups started slow, but have increased over the past few months.

"Once the website issues were fixed, which was really the beginning of December, that's when we really started seeing a lot of people come in and waiting to meet with navigators," she said.  "We are seeing upwards of about 1,700 individuals on a weekly basis in all of our sites."

Enroll Indianapolis Day is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the hospital.