Get Out, Get Covered Tour

GOGC UO CampusFinding the right health insurance plan doesn’t have to be a headache, which is exactly why the PacificSource “Get Out, Get Covered” tour is visiting communities across Montana and Oregon to give folks a convenient, stress-free forum where they can get individual answers to their health insurance questions.

The Get Out, Get Covered events’ drop-in format allows busy people to stop by at any point during a two- to three-hour window of time for one-on-one assistance. Our representatives and independent insurance agents will help people with an “easy as 1 – 2 – 3” approach:

  1. See if they qualify for a tax credit.
  2. Shop for individual health insurance plans.
  3. Enroll, renew, or switch coverage through the Marketplace or directly with PacificSource.

Where and when will these events take place?

GOGC Butte croppedTour stops will take place during daytime and evening hours in a wide variety of settings. Venues such as community recreation centers and cafés will host daytime events, while restaurants and breweries will host evening events. These casual settings are intended to help people feel more comfortable getting the answers they need without the pressure to make a decision.

Specific meeting dates, times, and venues are located on the event website, GetOutGetCovered.com. The website also contains resources to answer basic enrollment question, assisting people with enrollment, and information on where to go for help.

Why are we doing this?

We want to help people get the healthcare they need.

“We’re making it simple to research and shop for health insurance by providing a format that is casual, informal, and gives people the opportunity to get answers to their questions over a beer or a cup of coffee,” said Todd Lovshin, “Get Out, Get Covered is an easy way for busy folks to tackle an important subject in a hassle- and worry-free setting.”

Myth vs. Fact: Deadlines to Get Health Insurance

Myth_it'lll be too late to get insuranceMyth: After January 1, it’ll be too late to get health insurance.

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Fact: Not the case at all. You can still enroll for health insurance from a health insurance exchange, or directly with an insurer like PacificSource. You just need to enroll before March 31. Here are two deadlines to mark on your calendar:

January 15: The deadline to enroll for insurance and have your coverage start on February 1.

March 31: The deadline to enroll for insurance and avoid a tax penalty. If you wait until March 31, your health insurance will kick in on May 1.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how you can get covered, check out HealthCareLawGuide.com.

The Affordable Care Act Explained…By a College Freshman

Duckncover screen grabCandace Joyner, a freshman at the University of Oregon, looked around and realized that her fellow Ducks weren’t understanding how the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would impact them. To no fault of her classmates. Not only is the Affordable Care Act a complicated law to understand, but there’s also been very little advertising and outreach aimed at young adults. With that in mind, Candace decided to do something about it. She teamed up with a few UO student leaders and created a campaign called “Duck ‘N’ Cover,” complete with the website: duckncover.org

The site is designed to give college students a crash course in the Affordable Care Act, and to help young people understand just how important it is to have health insurance. It’s written for college students, because it’s from a college student. Candace isn’t affiliated with an insurance company or the government, she’s just a student trying to help her peers. We absolutely applaud her effort.

Check out a profile from Eugene Oregon’s “The Register Guard” about Duck N’ Cover, Candace, and her team’s education efforts: UO Student Tackles ACA Complications.