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Nearly 2,200 Individuals Assisted with Heath Insurance Applications Through Yuma Regional Medical Center Programs since January 2014

Media Contacts:
Jenn Lotz or Shay Andres
Yuma Regional Medical Center or  
928-336-7546 or 928-336-7595

Community members assisted through Enrollment Fairs, Yuma Regional Outpatient Clinics and Patient Access

Yuma, AZ – March 31, 2014- With the deadline to enroll in Marketplace approaching tonight, YRMC is reporting that the hospital has assisted nearly 2,200 individuals in Yuma County with health insurance applications through health insurance fairs, individual appointments at Yuma Regional Outpatient Clinics and assistance through the Patient Access department. This includes applications for the Health Insurance Exchange as well as AHCCCS, Arizona's Medicaid program.

Beginning in late 2013, YRMC began an aggressive campaign to educate the community on healthcare changes in 2014 and assisted with enrollment through multiple channels. In addition to health insurance enrollment fairs and one-on-one appointments, YRMC wrote letters to potential applicants, produced an educational brochure, partnered with local media outlets to increase public awareness and built a Marketplace website.

"It is extremely important for all individuals to have some form of health insurance," said Pat Walz, President & CEO of YRMC. "Health insurance allows individuals to see a primary care doctor on a regular basis and is vital to preventative and comprehensive healthcare. As a hospital, it is important to us as it alleviates the volumes we see in our Emergency Department, which should be reserved for emergency cases. All in all, it translates to better healthcare for all parties."

Number of Individuals Assisted with Health Insurance Applications in our Community

January 2014 February 2014 March 2014
YRMC-hosted Enrollment Fairs 294 71 196 (Marketplace)
164 (AHCCCS)
Yuma Regional Outpatient Clinics 154 59 37
Yuma Regional Patient Access Department 560 369 281
  Total: 2,185

March 31 is the deadline to register for Marketplace, a health insurance exchange where individuals and small business owners can browse health insurance options. This was introduced as part of the Affordable Care Act, which is also known as "ObamaCare." Open enrollment for Marketplace will begin again on October 1, 2014, for health insurance coverage in 2015. AHCCCS, Arizona's Medicaid program remains open throughout the year. YRMC will host additional health insurance enrollment fairs, specific to AHCCCS on a monthly basis throughout the rest of the year.

Yuma Regional Medical Center is a 406-bed, not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing outstanding medical care to the residents of Yuma and the surrounding communities in southwestern Arizona. The YRMC team includes over 2,000 employees, 300 doctors and hundreds of volunteers who work closely together to create a welcoming, caring, and compassionate environment for patients and their families. 

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