'You shouldn't have to lose your safety net... ' says nonprofit founder
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- With U.S. unemployment at a record 6.5% and layoffs continuing, the ranks of the uninsured will continue to grow. However, armed with statistics that nearly one-third of the current uninsured have government programs they are eligible for but don't know it, Phil Lebherz, executive director of the nonprofit Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE), advises "being laid off shouldn't automatically mean you go without health coverage."
The nonprofit health coverage think tank has come up with 5 steps people need to take in reviewing how they can hold on to their current coverage or transition to some form of gap coverage.
5 Steps to Take for Holding on to Your Insurance Coverage
Concerned that so many Americans don't know where to go to find out about eligibility for government sponsored and low cost programs, the FHCE has centralized information about public programs available in all 50 states and captured, on a single website database, more than 174 government programs that can help. To identify what they qualify for, website visitors can take the simple 5-Question Eligibility Quiz online, or phone the free 24/7, multilingual U.S. Uninsured Help Line at 800-234-1317 and talk with a live counselor who will review the questions with them. This eligibility review is a starting point with the Fresno, California-based call center's staff who then guide each caller through their options and to the appropriate state-sponsored program.
The Foundation for Health Coverage Education is a non-profit organization based in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit the website at www.coverageforall.org .
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