Each month Connie Beal and Lisa Jensen, resource coordinators with the United Way of Chittenden County’s Working Bridges program, put together a list of useful resources for all of us here at CCV. Since November is traditionally open enrollment month, they offer this:
Vermont Health Connect open enrollment starts November 15th
Health insurance protects not only your physical health, but your financial health and peace of mind. Open Enrollment is the time to sign up for health insurance through Vermont Health Connect. If you don’t have health insurance in 2015, you may have to pay a fee.
There are two types of health coverage offered through Vermont Health Connect – Medicaid (which includes Dr. Dynasaur for kids and pregnant women) and private health insurance. Private health insurance plans are called Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) because they meet federal and state consumer protection s tandards.Going to the doctor, treating illnesses and injuries, and paying for prescriptions can be very costly if you do not have health insurance. A health plan protects you from paying the full cost of care or prescriptions. In other words, health insurance is a way to help you pay for your health care so you can stay healthy, protect your wallet, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re protected.
Did you know?
- Without health insurance, a broken arm can cost you more than $7,500.
- A three-day hospital stay can cost more than $30,000.1
Want to learn more?
Health Insurance can be confusing and sometimes it helps to talk with someone about what options are available to you and your family, based on your specific situation. Call today to learn about your new options for health care and financial support through Vermont Health
Connect and to get help signing up. For more information or to set up an appointment, please call 802-860-1417 x115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Protect your health
Health insurance is one way to protect your health. Another strategy is the seasonal flu shot. According to the CDC, “Flu season” in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population.
An annual seasonal flu vaccine (either the flu shot or the nasal spray flu vaccine) is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.2 See your health care provider, local pharmacies or supermarkets for a flu shot. Children, who do not have a primary care doctor, ages 6 months to 18 years, may obtain a flu shot at the Health Department District Office. Not sure where to go? Dial 2-1-1 to find out an option near you.
Questions or need assistance connecting with a community resource? Contact:
Connie Beal Working Bridges Resource Coordinator
United Way of Chittenden County
Onsite at CCV Winooski Tuesdays 10:45 am to 2:45 pm or by appointment
In the Learning Center, RM211D
1 Vermont Health Connect (10/31/2014). http://info.healthconnect.vermont.gov/Get_Started
2 Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (10/31/2014). http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm