Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, is partnering with Priority Health, Michigan’s leading health plan, to raise awareness and help customers obtain information regarding their options as open enrollment for health insurance begins under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The duo has unveiled a Health Reform and You! website at http://www.meijer.com/aca and also are providing informational brochures for customers at 203 Meijer pharmacy locations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.
“We know patients will have questions about their healthcare, and we consider it important to be able to help them get the answers they need regarding the Affordable Care Act,” said Meijer Drug Store VP Nat Love. “Meijer is committed to providing options to help our customers lead healthier lives. We want to help them find the information they will need to make the best choices for the healthcare of their families while addressing any questions or confusion they may have.”
As of Tuesday, anyone who doesn’t have access to employer-sponsored insurance will be able to purchase coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace. Each state has a Health Insurance Marketplace where citizens can compare health insurance plans and determine which medical coverage to purchase. Citizens also can determine if they are eligible for tax credits to help pay for their coverage or subsidies to help lower out-of-pocket costs like deductibles and co-pays.
“By partnering with Meijer, we are leveraging our joint commitment to provide consumers with the tools and information they need to navigate this new era of healthcare,” said Marti Lolli, director of health reform at Priority Health.
According to the ACA, individuals are required to enroll for insurance by Dec. 15 to qualify for coverage beginning Jan. 1. The law requires that most Americans have health insurance or pay a penalty on annual taxes for failing to do so.