Tri-Cap offers health insurance navigation services

By Herald Staff

JASPER — People have a new opportunity to enroll in health insurance for 2021, but for a limited time. The new COVID-19 open enrollment period starts on Feb. 15 and ends on May 15. If you need health insurance or know someone who needs health insurance, TRI-CAP offers free, local, and unbiased assistance to anyone needing to enroll in Medicaid or Marketplace health insurance.

Health insurance is more affordable than many people think. In Indiana, 43% of current marketplace consumers had plans available for 2021 that cost less than $50 per month, after financial help. Seven out of 10 marketplace enrollees in Indiana received financial help that lowered their monthly health insurance premiums last year. In addition, 42% of enrollees also qualified for lower out-of-pocket costs for health care services.

Consumers enrolling in a plan are guaranteed to receive comprehensive coverage, with no pre-existing condition exclusions or markups. All plans cover essential benefits, including doctor and hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and maternity care. In addition, consumers receive free preventive care services, such as immunizations and health screenings. Testing and treatment of COVID-19 are considered essential health benefits and are covered by all plans.

TRI-CAP has certified navigators who are trained and experienced in Medicaid and Marketplace enrollment. There is no cost for navigator assistance. The health insurance landscape can be confusing, but free, local help is available. To make an appointment, please contact Navigators at:

Dubois and surrounding counties: Lesa Seng 812-482-2233, ext 145,

Pike and surrounding counties: Judy Richardson 812-354-8721, ext 107

TRI-CAP has taken precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Currently, the organization is offering navigation services via telephone and will schedule appropriate face-to-face appointments for clients that are willing to answer COVID-19 screening questions and comply with current COVID-19 safety protocols.

TRI-CAP’s health, housing, and education services change lives, empower families and improve communities. To learn more, go to or call 812-482-2233.

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