Suwannee Democrat


January 20, 2014

Shands Live Oak RMC offers help navigating government health insurance site

Live Oak —

For individuals who have had issues trying to sign up for health insurance on the government’s online Marketplace, help is here, thanks to Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center.

The hospital invites anyone needing assistance to call the free help line at 386-362-0715, available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Certified Application Counselor can help individuals navigate the insurance exchanges in the program and find a physician.

“The Affordable Care Act is making it possible for many individuals to have access to healthcare insurance through The Online Health Insurance Marketplace, but questions about eligibility and concerns regarding how to sign-up have kept some people from taking advantage of this opportunity,” said Richard Huth, CEO of Shands Live Oak RMC. “We want to make that process easier for them.”

Depending on household income, some individuals may qualify for subsidies toward the cost of the premium. Also, under this law, individuals who don’t have insurance by the deadline may be subject to penalties.

“Anyone who has gone without health insurance knows how stressful it can be when illness strikes. This is an opportunity for those people to have access to quality care and improve their overall health,” Huth said. 

The deadline for enrollment is March 31, 2014. Once coverage begins, individuals can schedule well visits with their new primary care physician, pediatrician, internal medicine specialist or family doctor. 

For more information about Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center visit

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