Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October Resource of the Month: Green Mountain Care Health Insurance

We're so excited to have Lisa Jensen, CCV's new resource coordinator, here to help students access community resources! October's resource of the month is Green Mountain Care. Green Mountain Care is the name for several low-cost and free health care programs offered by the state of Vermont and its partners. When you are uninsured, you can't always afford to go to the doctor when you need to, and minor health issues can turn into major problems. This became all too real for one of our students last year when she ignored early warning signs of an emerging health issue and ended up at FAHC for one week. These are expenses no one can afford, especially when you're starting out working towardds your degree and building your career.

As a college student, you may be eligible for one of the Green Mountain Care programs depending on your age, family situation and income. Generally you must be uninsured for 12 months or more unless your insurance ended due to a life changing event such as a loss of job reduced work hours, no longer qualifying as a dependent, and more.

Some programs require that students also work, while others do no.

Use the online screening tool at http://www.greenmountaincare.org/ or call 1-800-250-8427 to find out if you are eligible. Lisa also has information on-site. Stop by CCV on Wednesdays from 2-6pm or call her at 922-6297 if you would like to set up an appointment.

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