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Published on November 01, 2017

Officials Direct Patients to Health Insurance Marketplace During Reduced Open Enrollment

CHRISTUS Health Plan allows patients seeking individual/family coverage via the Health Insurance Marketplace to obtain in-network care from CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

TYLER – Due to this year’s shortened Open Enrollment period, health care leaders are advising patients to visit the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov to secure health insurance coverage that begins January 1, 2018.

 

“We are encouraging patients to sign up for health care insurance as soon as they are able,” said Mary Elizabeth Jackson, Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Community Relations at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. “This year’s shortened Open Enrollment period means there is even less time to secure health care coverage for yourself and your family.”

 

Additionally, through the CHRISTUS Health Plan, patients seeking individual/family coverage via the Health Insurance Marketplace can obtain in-network care from the distinguished providers and hospitals of CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

 

“Last year’s launch of the CHRISTUS Health Plan to residents of Cherokee, Smith and Wood Counties was incredibly exciting because it allowed patients to continue their care at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Jackson.

 

CHRISTUS Health Plan is available to residents of Cherokee, Smith and Wood Counties and is the only individual/family Health Insurance Marketplace provider in-network with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is November 1, 2017 through December 15, 2017. The last date to enroll for coverage that starts January 1, 2018 is December 15, 2017.

 

“We are incredibly excited to be able to offer award-winning medical care to patients in Northeast Texas who obtain their family’s insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Chris Glenney, FACHE, Senior Vice President of Group Operations for CHRISTUS Health and Chief Executive Officer of CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas, which includes CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System. “However, the most important thing by far is that patients are able to obtain coverage during this Open Enrollment period. Our Mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, and first and foremost, we want patients to visit the Health Insurance Exchange to get the care they need.”

 

“Patients throughout East Texas have made their voices heard,” said Steven Keuer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System and President of CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. “They want access to the medical care and services on the leading edge of technology and best practices. They want to work together with distinguished health care providers to manage their health. They want to build a medical home with a team of physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and medical staff that they trust and value. And they want to do that at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System.”

 

“Everyone throughout the System is deeply passionate about providing nationally-recognized, faith-based care to the people of East Texas,” said Jackson. “We welcome patients to CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, but our Mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. Our focus is on making sure the people of East Texas are healthy, and we just want them to be covered.” 

 

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Reviewed by WK on November 01, 2017