KIPDA plans pair of events to help residents understand insurance Open Enrollment period

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) is hosting a pair of events to help people during the current Open Enrollment periods for Medicaid, Medicare, and through the federal commercial exchange at healthcare.gov.

KIPDA has trained staff who can help answer questions at no cost. Open Enrollment is a short period of time when people can change their insurance or enroll into insurance for the first time. The Medicaid Open Enrollment period runs from November 1 through November 30. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7.

The two events where KIPDA will be providing free health insurance assistance will be:

  • From 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, at South Central Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville, KY 40219
  • From 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at Ridgeway Library, 127 N. Walnut St., Shepherdsville, KY 40165

KIPDA is an association of local governments in a nine-county region of southern Indiana and north central Kentucky. For details, please click here or call (502) 266-5571.

 

Medicare and Medicaid Celebrate 50 years of Protecting Americans’ Health

For NowThis year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation that established the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and for the last half-century, these programs have been protecting the health and well-being of millions of American families, saving lives, and improving the economic security of our nation.

According to the official CMS website, though Medicare and Medicaid started as basic insurance programs for Americans who didn’t have health insurance, they’ve changed over the years to provide more and more Americans with access to the quality and affordable health care they need.

“The 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid provides an important opportunity for us to reflect on the critical role these programs have played in protecting the health and well-being of millions of families,” said Andy Slavitt, acting CMS administrator. “Today, Medicare and Medicaid are creating a health care system that is better, smarter, and healthier – setting standards for how care is delivered. As we take a moment to reflect on the past five decades, we must also look to the future and explore ways to strengthen and improve health care for future generations.”

As part of this anniversary celebration, CMS will be highlighting people, places, and progress that represent the Medicare and Medicaid programs as we know today through daily facts and posts on Twitter (@cmsgov) and Medicaid.gov.

Also, CMS is engaging in conversations with beneficiaries, providers, and health experts, and has invited the public to participate in this celebration by sharing stories of how Medicare and Medicaid have made a difference. Stories can be shared at http://www.medicare.gov/anniversary/share-your-story.html. In late July, regional CMS offices will host public events in addition to a national event in Washington, D.C.