Where to get some answers to your health insurance questions

MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
The other day, I told you all about the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center. It has a website full of useful information, offers live chats with its health educators and hosts a number of classes in different locations.

The health educators field tons of questions. I asked one of them — Jean Gould — what their number one question is. Her answer: “We get many questions about health insurance coverage. Insurance can be confusing and is extremely important to people.”

Jean says questions range from:

  • I need new health coverage, where can I get it?
  • My husband lost his job and he carried our health insurance. Where can we find new coverage?
  • My husband is a veteran and will soon be retiring and using VA as his primary health care. I will not have a job right away as we are moving to a new area in Maine. How can I get health insurance for my son and myself if I don’t have a job?
  • I need to get a medical procedure done. How do I know if it’s covered?

She reassures people that “there is help out there!”

These are some of the more common resources she and the other health educators direct people to:

  • enroll207.com
  • Consumers for Affordable Health Care HelpLine: 1-800-965-7476
  • Maine Bureau of Insurance HelpLine: 1-800-300-5000
  • Health Insurance Marketplace: 1-800-318-2596

All of these resources and more can be found on the MaineHealth Resource Center’s Paying for your Care page.

Diane Atwood

About Diane Atwood

For more than 20 years, Diane was the health reporter on WCSH 6. Before that, a radiation therapist at Maine Medical Center and after, Manager of Marketing/PR at Mercy Hospital. She now hosts and produces the Catching Health podcast and writes the award-winning blog Catching Health with Diane Atwood.