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St. Joseph Hospital, Community Organizations Partner to Aid Residents Applying for State-Funded Health Programs

FORT WAYNE, IN (Feb. 6, 2009) — Area residents searching for health insurance coverage can apply for state-funded programs at the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) Information Fair, Thursday, Feb. 19, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. This event will take place at Fairfield Elementary School, 2825 Fairfield Ave. Attendees should park in the Hoagland Avenue. lot and utilize that entrance to access the event.

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 HIP, Hoosier Healthwise, Medicaid or other programs and what these programs offer. Spanish and Burmese interpreters will be available.

The documentation requirements for these applications can be lengthy. Representatives will answer questions about coverage and help applicants complete their paperwork, which expedites the process and enables them to become insured more quickly.

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.

"Last fall's first HIP event clearly reflected an interest in resources designed to help residents understand the state-funded coverage available and how to qualify for it," said Kirk Ray, CEO, St. Joseph Hospital. "We are pleased to once again offer this opportunity to area residents in conjunction with numerous other community organizations."

Participating organizations include St. Joseph Hospital, Senator Richard Lugar's Office, Health Visions, St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and CANI.


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LUTHERAN HEALTH NETWORK
BLUFFTON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER | DUKES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL | DUPONT HOSPITAL* | KOSCIUSKO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL*
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ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL*

*A physician owned hospital.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
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Patients are seen in order of severity, therefore, your spot may not be guaranteed. In case of a life-threatening emergency, call 911.
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