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Community Organizations Collaborate to Aid Residents Applying for State-Funded Health Programs

FORT WAYNE, IN (Sept. 10, 2008) — Area residents searching for health insurance coverage can apply for state-funded programs at the Health Information Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. This event will take place at Anthony Medical Center, 5717 S. Anthony Blvd., and will also include free screenings and health information.

Participants can ask questions, complete forms and apply for health insurance programs. If all necessary documentation is presented, residents will learn if they qualify for Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), Hoosier Healthwise, Medicaid or other programs and what these programs offer. Spanish and Burmese interpreters will be available.

"The documentation requirements can be lengthy," said Paige Wilkins, program coordinator of CANI's Covering Kids and Families. "We will help people complete their paperwork, which expedites the process and enables them to become insured more quickly. We also answer questions about coverage."
Applicants must bring specific information to apply for health insurance coverage. Each adult and child seeking coverage must provide a social security number, identification and proof of U.S. citizenship or immigration status.

Papers reflecting all money received in the home by the applicant, spouse and dependent children must also be provided. Potential income includes wages, self-employment income, child support, disability, unemployment or other benefits, and loans or contributions of any kind.
Medical documentation of pregnancy and proof of guardianship or power of attorney are also needed, if applicable.
"It is very important for the residents in our community to have access to and learn more about what coverage they qualify for before they need it," said Kirk Ray, CEO, St. Joseph Hospital. "There are many state-funded programs, but residents haven't had an opportunity to access resources to better understand how to qualify. This will also reduce some of the financial burden for patients in our service area when they do need access to healthcare in the future."

Attendees will also have access to free osteoporosis, blood pressure, lead poisoning, STDs/AIDS and sickle cell screenings. Information on local, low-cost healthcare assistance will be distributed, and representatives will be available to answer questions.

Participating organizations include St. Joseph Hospital, Anthony Medical Center, Neighborhood Health Clinics, Health Visions, Allen County Healthy Homes, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, CANI, Super Shot, Matthew 25, Allen County Board of Health, Lutheran Children's Hospital, MDwise and Anthem.

DOCUMENTATION NEEDED FOR APPLICATION OF HEALTHY INDIANA PLAN, HOOSIER HEALTHWISE AND MEDICAID:

  • Social Security Numbers-for everyone living in the household
  • Identity-for each applicant and parent or guardian
    Valid drivers license, State Identification Card, student ID, Military ID. If you have someone acting on your behalf, that person will need to provide proof of his or her identity also. If child is under the age of 16 the Identity Affidavit for Children Under Age 16 must be submitted.
  • US Citizenship-for each applicant
    Legal birth certificate, Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship or U.S. passport if it was issued without restrictions.
  • Money received by applicant, spouse, and dependent children in the home
    1. Wages: Pay stubs, paychecks, or statement from employer for the past 30 days. You will need 60 days of pay stubs if you want coverage to go retroactive back 60 days.
    2. Self-employment: Last year's signed tax return or personally kept self-employment records for the past 90 days.
    3. Child Support, Social Security, VA, SSI, Workers Compensation, disability, sick pay, unemployment, or other benefits: Court order, award letter, or other proof of payment from the source of income.
    4. Loans, gifts or contributions: Promissory note; loan agreement; or statement from the person providing the money that includes the person's name, address, phone number, signature and date.
  • Guardianship or Power of Attorney
    If someone has legal authority to act on your behalf, provide a copy of the Power of Attorney, Guardianship Order, Court Order, or similar documents.
  • Immigration status
    A copy of your alien registration card, permanent resident card or other documentation from the Bureau for Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the INS).
  • Documentation of pregnancy from a medical provider

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