She said Covering Kids and Families has developed “more of a known presence” in northeast Indiana.
“They know the ins and outs, they know the process,” he says. “They’ve seen 100 of these applications, whereas for a consumer, it’s probably their first one and it looks very, very daunting. And they walk you through that process step by step.”
All IN guests included Mark Fairchild from Covering Kids and Families, Adam Mueller from Indiana Legal Services, and Joan Alker from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families.
Mark Fairchild is with Covering Kids and Families, which helps people navigate Medicaid and other state health care programs. So far, he says many people haven’t asked about the changing requirements.
Reasons for the increase may include changes in the Affordable Care Act and delays in funding for children’s health insurance programs. Covering Kids and Families of Indiana’s director of policy, Mark Fairchild says this can create communication challenges.
Pace Community Action Agency, Inc. and Covering Kids and Families are partnered to help consumers navigate through the insurance enrollment process and with selecting a health insurance plan that best suits the individual or their family.
CKF-IN promotes and facilitates healthcare coverage by building coalitions that enroll, educate, and support Hoosiers and by advocating for strong inclusive public policies.
“It could be they’re hitting that so-called ‘cliff effect,’ where now they are doing better but it’s just enough that they lose their eligibility for some benefits” including health care, Fairchild told the radio station.
“We haven’t been having dozens of calls each day where consumers have said they’re confused, or they don’t know what to do, or should they participate?” Fairchild says. “In a lot of ways, we’re hoping that’s a good thing, but in some ways that can be concerning too.”