Hutcheson And American Exchange Working To Enroll Uninsured Patients

Friday, April 04, 2014

Hutcheson Medical Center and American Exchange, a local broker based in Chattanooga, continue to work to facilitate the enrollment of uninsured patients as required by the Affordable Care Act. The deadline for enrollment has been extended to April 15 for those who attempted to sign up prior to March 31 but were unable to complete enrollment. 

“It is in the best interest of our community that patients be insured,” stated Farrell Hayes, President and CEO of Hutcheson. “To that end, we’ve partnered with American Exchange to help facilitate enrollment of our uninsured patients. Since December, American Exchange has enrolled 128 previously uninsured Hutcheson patients.” Hayes added that last year, the hospital provided $33 million in healthcare to uninsured patients. 

Mr. Hayes encouraged uninsured residents in Walker, Catoosa, and Dade counties to call American Exchange at 888/995-1674 for enrollment assistance. 

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), qualifications for the deadline extension apply only to those who attempted enrollment before the March 31 deadline. The exemption will rely on an honor system in that there will be no audit to check whether or not individuals tried to enroll in a plan before March 31st. Requests for a special enrollment period after mid-April will have more stringent guidelines. 

For more information about enrolling, please call American Exchange at 888/995-1674.


Alex Sheen To Speak Jan. 15

Alex Sheen will speak at a luncheon to benefit Blood Assurance at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 at the Double Tree Hotel in Downtown Chattanooga.  Alex is the founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit organization.  Through his philanthropic work, his personal commitments and the stories of his supporters, Alex speaks to audiences around the world ... (click for more)

Supreme Court Decides Hospitals Cannot Maintain Liens After Bills Paid In Full

In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has decided that hospitals are required to release their hospital lien against a patient as soon as the patient and the patient’s insurance company have paid the full amount of the hospital charges. This lawsuit involves a common practice in the hospital industry. Hospitals charge uninsured patients more for the same services ... (click for more)

2 Suspects Sought In Armed Robbery At Highway 153 Long John Silver's

Police are searching for two suspects in an armed robbery that happened Friday morning. At approximately  8:10  a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5317 Highway 153 for a robbery at the Long John Silver's.  Officers discovered that two black men, wearing hoodies and masks, entered the Long John Silver's and forced the assistant manager ... (click for more)

Pair Charged With Beating Man With Stick, Taking His Wallet

Two men are charged with beating a man with a large stick while he slept on the steps of a downtown church, then taking his wallet. Jerry Quincy Allen, 45, and James Leo Boas, 40, both of 727 E. 11th St., are charged with aggravated robbery. In the incident on Wednesday, Bradley Casehart said he and a friend were asleep at Tompkin Chapel Church on Palmetto Street. He ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Scrooge’ Of The Year

As we move into the last weekend before Christmas, the “Scrooge of the Year” has just appeared in Aurora, Ill. Actually Connie Ley has just died. She passed away on Nov. 25, but in her wake left the worst will many around the country have ever heard – her last wishes included that her nine-year-old dog should be put to death, cremated, and buried with her. Bela, a beautiful German ... (click for more)