Television Documentary features Seaport CHC + You may still be eligible for health insurance

On Monday April 6th | MPBN | 9:00 PM 


New Television Documentary features Seaport CHC 


On April 6th, Maine PBS will air a documentary on positive changes in primary health care in America. The program is called “Rx: The Quiet Revolution,” and is directed by Emmy award-winning filmmaker David Grubin.

Seaport Community Health Center is one of four organizations across the country to be featured in the film. The others include a San Franciso-based effort to help elderly Asian-Americans stay out of the nursing home, a Native Alaskan approach to health care that embraces both traditional and modern methods, and Mississippi’s adoption of telemedicine to improve the treatment of diabetes in rural areas.

The program will be shown on Monday evening at 9:00 PM and last 90 minutes. Mr. Grubin chose Seaport because of its adoption of team-based care and group visits, and because both he and Dr. Loxterkamp had fathers who were GPs.


You May Still Be Eligible to apply for Health Insurance through the Marketplace!

There are STILL situations that may allow you to apply for health insurance in the “Special Enrollment Period” of the healthcare.gov Marketplace. While the February 15 Open Enrollment deadline has passed, you are still eligible under the following circumstances:

If you paid a penalty (also known as the “individual shared responsibility payment”) on your 2014 taxes for not having coverage, you qualify for the Special Enrollment period. You have until April 30, 2015 to create an account and enroll in coverage.

The following situations also qualify you and your household to shop for coverage on the Marketplace for 60 days following the event, regardless of the time of year.

  • If you or someone in your household have lost coverage in the past 60 days.
  • If you or someone in your household will lose coverage in the next 60 days.
  • If you got married.
  • If you adopted a child.
  • If you became divorced or legally separated, and lost your insurance as a result.
  • If you recently move outside of your plan’s coverage area.
  • If you recently became a U.S. citizen.
  • If you got out of jail or prison.

Two important things to remember:
You are generally NOT eligible to shop for coverage on the Healthcare.gov marketplace if you are offered insurance through your employer, or a spouse’s employer. There are some exceptions, so please contact Mallory Tonner in our office if you have a question about your specific circumstance.

You must have some sort of income and file taxes (although again, there are specific limitations on this).

Open Enrollment for 2016 will run from November 1, 2015 until January 31, 2016.

If you have any questions regarding healthcare.gov and your eligibility to shop for coverage, please call Mallory Tonner at 338-6900, extension 1987.

Since the beginning of the year, Mallory has helped 79 of our patients sign up for health insurance through the Marketplace. 59 patients have joined our sliding scale program!


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