12/10/2015 10:14:43 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Shane Delaney
Director of Communications and Marketing
ST. PAUL, Minn.- MNsure CEO Allison O'Toole and Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper will join MNsure-certified navigators and brokers at a MNsure education and enrollment open house hosted by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota on Friday.
The event is open to the public and does not require an appointment. Navigators and brokers will be available to assist Minnesotans with information, future appointment scheduling, and enrollment assistance. Assistance will be available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Somali.
Children's is a great MNsure partner, and they often get walk-in, non-patient traffic from people who would be more appropriately served by a MNsure navigator or broker, said CEO Allison O'Toole. This event will create partnerships between Children's and the navigators in their community who are experts at serving very diverse populations.
It's critical for children and families to have access to the information they need as they make important health care decisions, said Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper. As the state's largest pediatric health system, which provides care for some of Minnesota's most vulnerable children, Children's Hospitals and Clinics is a key partner in the effort to bring together patients, families, communities and navigators, to answer questions and ensure every Minnesota child has the coverage they need.
The following navigator and broker partners will be in attendance:
Regardless of the reason families come to Children's, we want them to be able stay focused on the health of their child, said Anna Youngerman, senior director of advocacy and health policy at Children's Minnesota. We believe that helping families access the right insurance options and connecting them to the people who are best equipped to help them navigate that process is an important part of meeting that goal.
Event details are below:
MNsure Education and Open House at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
2525 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis
Star Studio, first floor by main entrance
Friday, December 11
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
O'Toole and Johnson Piper will be in attendance 10-11 a.m.
The 2016 open enrollment period began November 1, 2015, and will end on January 31, 2016. Small group employers and Minnesotans eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can enroll year round. As of May 2014, 95 percent of Minnesotans have health coverage-the highest percentage in state history.