Free Workshops Help Explain Health Insurance Terms

Monday, August 18, 2014

Medical Foundation of Chattanooga states that unfamiliarity with health insurance coverage can often cause many questions for patients and families. With new policies developed through the Affordable Care Act and “traditional” policies obtained through employers, confusion often happens in understanding benefits and the meaning of various terms.

To help work through the confusion, Medical Foundation of Chattanooga health care navigators are hosting workshops in the community for those seeking assistance.

Titled “From Coverage to Care: Insurance 101,” these workshops will help answer questions like:

·         Do my monthly premiums count against my deductible?

·         How do I know if my doctor is included in my health insurance plan network? 

·         How do I select a new physician? 

·         What do I need to take to my first doctor’s visit? 

·         Why should I go for an annual physical if I’m not sick?

The sessions are designed to explain the languages of deductibles, out of pocket expense, monthly premiums, coinsurance vs. copayments, and in-network vs. out of network providers.  Medical Foundation navigators will help patients better understand and then get the most out of their health insurance plan.

Workshops are scheduled throughout the community at the following times and locations.

Aug. 19 – Collegedale Library, 9318 Apison Pk., 6 p.m.

Aug. 21 - Chattanooga Public Library, 1001 Broad St., 6 p.m.

Aug. 28 –Eastgate Library, 5705 Marlin Road., 6:30  p.m.

Seating is limited. Participants are encouraged to call 591-9830 for reservations.




Corker, Colleagues Pledge Support For Fight To Contain Ebola Outbreak

The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution offered by Senator Bob Corker, ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) recognizing the severe threat posed by the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and the support provided by the United States government, ... (click for more)

Corker Congratulates Bethany Christian Services On Being Named An “Angel In Adoption”

Senator Bob Corker congratulated Bethany Christian Services of Chattanooga on being recognized as a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 2014 Angel in Adoption for their advocacy of adoption issues. “Bethany Christian Services of Chattanooga has impacted the lives of countless families through their tireless dedication to finding children permanent, loving homes, and ... (click for more)

Erlanger Finishes Fiscal Year With $18 Million Profit

After a major loss the year before, Erlanger Health System finished the fiscal year with an $18 million profit, officials announced Monday night. It was well ahead of the $2 million gain that Erlanger had budgeted for, and far better than last year's $8 million loss. The profit was boosted by a first-time $19,587,000 from a Public Hospital Supplemental payment and essential ... (click for more)

Chancellor Rules That IDB Must Reimburse Attorney Fees, Other Legal Costs For Helen Burns Sharp On TIF Lawsuit

Chancellor Pam Fleenor has ruled that Helen Burns Sharp, who sued over the validity of a $9 million Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for a planned major development on Aetna Mountain, should be reimbursed her discretionary costs as well as her attorney fees. Ms. Sharp said in a recent court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka were $74,427 at the time. The ... (click for more)

ChattaData Is A Real Advance For The City

This past Tuesday, the city of Chattanooga's new performance management tool called ChattaData was unveiled. As the chairman of the City Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, I am excited to witness the city putting this important information online in a way that is accessible and transparent to all taxpayers. This approach shines light on how we as a city prioritize our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Apollos Hester’s Way

East View High was trailing at halftime by a pair of touchdowns in last Friday night’s game against unbeaten Vandegrift. But the players at the Georgetown, Texas, school each have a sticker on the back of their helmets that says “TPW” which is a constant reminder that “Tough People Win.” Then there is “attitude” and that is where running back Apollos Hester steps in. In what ... (click for more)