Need Health Insurance?
At Goodwin, we want to make sure everyone has access to our services. We accept most kinds of health insurance, including most private insurance plans, Marketplace plans, NH Medicaid, MaineCare and Medicare. You will not be turned away from Goodwin for not having insurance. Our Certified Application Counselors can help you get covered.
Scroll below for information on the August 2019 Special Enrollment Period for NH Medicaid
How do I apply for insurance?
We know applying for health insurance can be confusing and difficult to understand. That’s why Goodwin has onsite Certified Application Counselors (CAC’s) who are available to help you and your family get health insurance coverage.
Our team at Goodwin can help to review your eligibility for one of two different insurance programs:
- Private health insurance plans you may qualify for within the Health Insurance Marketplace
- Medicaid coverage through the Granite Advantage Health Care Program
What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?
The Health Insurance Marketplace was created to provide affordable health care plans for as many Americans as possible. All insurance plans offered through the Marketplace are required to cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room visits, prescriptions, mental health and substance abuse services, and more. You can even get dental insurance through the Marketplace. Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify.
The Health Insurance Marketplace has open enrollment periods every year.
It is very important to meet with someone who can help you enroll during this open enrollment period.
What is the Granite Advantage Health Care Program?
The Granite Advantage Health Care Program is designed for low-income families to receive health insurance at little to no cost. This is a Medicaid funded program that has expanded its requirements so more people can qualify. Even if you already have health insurance, there may be a more affordable option for you. Within the Granite Advantage Health Care Program there are three options for getting coverage. Our team can meet with you to identify which option is best suited for you or your family.
How do I know if I am eligible for the Granite Advantage Health Care Program?
The program is available to New Hampshire residents ranging from ages 19 to 64 whose incomes fall below a certain level. To see if you’re eligible, visit the NH Health and Human Services website.
What type of coverage does Granite Advantage Health Care Program offer?
The details of your coverage will depend on the type of plan you qualify for. Most plans are required to cover routine doctor’s appointments, prescriptions, and emergency room visits. Use the chart below to get an idea of what coverage you may qualify for, then scroll down to learn how we can help you get started. Both programs help pay for regular checkups, prescription drugs, ER visits, hospital stays, specialist visits, and mental health and substance use treatment.
Health Insurance Marketplace (info)
Offers reduced monthly premiums if your estimated 2019 annual household income is in the range below. You may also qualify for extra help with deductibles and copays.
Granite Advantage Health Care (info)
Also known as Expanded Medicaid— offers free coverage for eligible adults ages 19-64 whose monthly gross household income is no more than …
$16,754 – $48,560
$22,716 – $65,840
$28,677 – $83,120
$34,639 – $100,400
$40,601 – $117,680
|Note: Even if you don’t see your household income on the chart above, you or your children may be eligible for other types of Medicaid coverage.
To learn more about and apply for NH Medicaid, visit this page.
Prepare for Your Application
When you apply for either option, be sure to have the following information available for either online applications or in person appointments:
- Social Security numbers of those applying for coverage
- Document numbers for eligible immigrants who want health coverage (get more info on this here)
- Birth dates
- Paystubs, W-2 forms, or other information about your family’s income
- Policy/member numbers for any current health coverage
- Information about any health coverage from a job that’s available to you or your family
Meet Our Specialists
Meet with Ginny, Mary or Megan at Goodwin Community Health to learn more about available health insurance plans and find out if you are eligible.
Mary, Megan and Ginny are all Certified Application Counselors (C.A.C.) and are available to assist with any of the steps in the application process.
For appointments on-site at Goodwin Community Health please contact one of our Certified Application Counselors at (603)516-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mary Moynihan, CAC
- Ginny Mayo, CAC
Special Enrollment Periods
There is a NH Medicaid Special Enrollment Period from August 1, 2019 to August 30, 2019.
Changes effective September 1, 2019.
What is the special enrollment period, and how do I know if I’m eligible?
If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period if you’ve had certain life events (known as “qualifying events”)including losing health coverage, moving, getting married, having a baby, or adopting a child.
Below are examples of acceptable qualifying events:
If you have a “qualifying event”, our onsite enrollment specialists can help you enroll during the Special Enrollment Period.
You can enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) any time of year, whether you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period or not. Job-based plans must provide a special enrollment period of at least 30 days.
To learn more about enrollment during Special Enrollment Period, please contact one of our Certified Application Counselors at (603)516-2556 or email@example.com
If you have a qualifying life event, you may be eligible to enroll in the Marketplace outside the open enrollment period, this is known as a Special Enrollment Period (SEP).
If you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, you usually have up to 60 days following the date of the life event to enroll in a plan. If you miss that window, you’ll have to wait until the next Open Enrollment Period to apply.
August 2019 Granite Advantage Special Enrollment Period
Qualifying individuals are eligible from August 1 to August 31, 2019. Changes to health plans effective September 1, 2019. The NH Department of Health and Human Services is adding a new Managed Care Organization, AmeriHealth Caritas NH to join NH Healthy Families and Well Sense Health Plan in serving citizens who have NH Medicaid health insurance. Click here for more information about choosing a managed care plan.
Read below for information about health plan options and next steps.
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Selecting a Managed Care Plan:
The guide below reviews the differences between managed health plan options. Our specialists are happy to help with any questions about selecting a plan.
Contact our Certified Application Counselors at (603)516-2556 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contacting our team:
To make a change to your Managed Care Plan during the special enrollment period, contact our Certified Application Counselors at (603)516-2556 or email@example.com.
Open Enrollment Periods
The 2019 Open Enrollment Period is from November 1 to December 15, 2019.
Special Enrollment and Open Enrollment are slightly different. They both allow you to make changes to your health insurance coverage, but the details are slightly different.
Above, you can read about Special Enrollment Periods, where an individual qualifies to make changes. Open enrollment periods happen each year, and anyone is allowed to make changes to their coverage during these times.
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