United Way of Central Texas Healthcare Marketplace Navigators are able to assist Bell and McLennan counties residents with questions regarding health insurance, options for coverage for 2017.

In addition to providing information, navigators are available to assist residents with enrollment into a marketplace health plan, and applying for lower cost options, or an exemption from the shared responsibility payment, should they qualify.

Open enrollment for 2018 coverage ends this week on Friday. To make an appointment to meet with a navigator, call the United Way of Central Texas office at 254-778-8616 or email info@uwct.org.

United Way of Central Texas navigators are available year-round to answer insurance-related questions, or assist individuals who qualify for a special enrollment period.

Individuals who have experienced, within the past 60 days or will experience within the next 60 days, a change in health coverage status, family size, income, immigration status, or a move, may qualify for special enrollment. Navigators are also available to explain the qualifications for exemptions from the 2018

Shared Responsibility Payment and help qualified individuals apply for an exemption. UWCT navigators are state and federally certified to provide unbiased information and assistance for individuals, families, and small businesses. Navigators help people who qualify for lower costs gain access through the Advanced Premium Tax Credit and Cost Share Reduction.

In addition, navigators have a broad knowledge of local programs and can provide referrals to those unable to  qualify for marketplace programs. Navigators cannot provide recommendations on health care choices for individuals but are available to help clients make informed decisions that best suit their needs.

For information about the United Way of Central Texas navigators, visit www.UWCT.org or call the UWCT office at 254-778-8616.