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Events will provide health insurance help

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — Open enrollment for health insurance started Nov. 1, and the Sandoval County Community Health Program is hosting events to help residents through the process.

The Community Health Program will provide individuals and families the opportunity to work with trained professionals to review coverage options, find out if they qualify for financial assistance and sign up or re-enroll for a plan that meets their needs.

The open enrollment period runs through Jan. 31.

Along with the health insurance enrollment, trained counselors and Medicaid representatives will be on hand to provide assistance to anyone who might have questions or need assistance with Medicaid and related programs, such as QMB, SLIMB, Medicare Part D & Extra Help, QI, QDWI and the Health Care Assistance Program.

In preparation for enrollment events, consumers are advised to call 867-2291 ext. 1725 to learn what information or paperwork might be needed to enroll for health coverage or any of the other services.

The primary required documents for health insurance services are proof of identity, residence and citizenship (or legal status).

Anyone seeking financial assistance in paying for insurance also must bring information documenting their income, such as their last two pay stubs, or last year’s W-2s or tax return.

Events are scheduled for:

⋄  Thursday, Nov. 19, Pena Blanca, Pena Blanca Community Center, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Flu shots also will be offered at the event.

⋄  Thursday, Dec. 3, Cuba, Sandoval County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

⋄  Friday, Dec. 11, Sandoval County Health Commons, off Idalia Road in Bernalillo; 1-7 p.m.

Anyone unable to make one of the events can get help with the enrollment process by calling 867-2291 ext. 1725.