SOURCE: Foundation for Health Coverage Education

Foundation for Health Coverage Education

February 27, 2012 14:09 ET Launches Bold Redesign of Its Successful Website, Where Uninsured Can Learn About Government-Paid Health Coverage Eligibility With Just One Click

Having Helped Over 300,000 People With Its Eligibility Quiz, the Non-Profit Worries That Many Families Are Still Unaware of Their Coverage Options

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - After reaching a milestone of assisting 300,000 uninsured Americans with its five-question Eligibility Quiz, the Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) has launched a bolder, brighter redesign of its informative consumer advocacy website, Since 2007, over 3.7 million uninsured Americans have visited the site to find out if they are eligible for low-cost private or public health coverage programs.

"With the steadily increasing numbers of people taking our Eligibility Quiz, we wanted to make even easier to use," said Ankeny Minoux, FHCE President. "Now with simply one click, anyone can learn their eligibility for public and private health coverage programs throughout the entire United States."

After inputting his or her zip code, in just five simple steps, an individual can receive a personalized list of public and private health coverage options -- complete with program contact and cost information, sign-up checklists of important documents needed to enroll, and program application links. The Quiz ascertains eligibility by asking general questions about the individual's current health coverage status, previous health conditions, employment and citizenship status, and household size and income level. All information is taken anonymously with no personally-identifiable information, which makes it secure for people of all types to use. If the individual has questions about his or her list of coverage options, FHCE offers live one-on-one guidance in over 240 languages through its 24/7 toll-free U.S. Uninsured Help Line 800-234-1317.

During a 28-month period from September 2009 through January 2012, 328,345 people took the two-minute Eligibility Quiz. Survey findings indicated that 60.6% were eligible for free or low-cost public health coverage programs, such as Medicaid or CHIP, while 14.9% qualified for a High Risk Pool option in their state, such as the PCIP.

"What's troubling about these results is that so many families are unaware of the point that the government can step in to help them with their children's health coverage," said Minoux. "In the state of New York, for example, a family of four can make up to $89,400 a year and still qualify their children for New York's Child Health Plus program." With the new design of the website, families have even greater opportunities to access their eligibility for these public programs by taking the Eligibility Quiz or downloading their state-specific Health Care Options Matrix -- a state-by-state tri-fold pamphlet that displays the contact, eligibility, benefits, and cost information for all public and private health coverage programs.

"Our mission is to simplify public and private health insurance eligibility information in order for more people to access coverage. Last year, we assisted over 1 million people and we aim to help even more Americans navigate the system in 2012," said Minoux.

The FHCE actively collaborates with its Action Network, which includes the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Lung Association, the American Diabetes Association, and many hospital systems to help the uninsured access health coverage.

The Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit public organization based in San Jose, California that was founded in response to the increasing number of uninsured individuals who are eligible for health coverage, but not enrolled. For more information, log on to or call FHCE's U.S. Uninsured Help Line at 800-234-1317.

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