Health Insurance Counseling

Need Health Insurance? Apply for Private Health Insurance.

RCH offers FREE counseling services to complete applications for private health insurance coverage. Plans are available for everyone and cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions and include preventative care. Visit with RCH’s Certified Health Insurance Navigator:

Cricket Rice 
(785) 688-4443
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Available after hours by appointment.

Step 1: Complete Application

RCH’s Certified Health Insurance Navigator offers full-service assistance to complete your application. Application results are immediate and no one will be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions.  Your income will determine if you qualify for premium tax credits and savings on out-of-pocket costs. With these budgetary items known, you can now pick your plan. (See example.)

Step 2: Pick a Plan

You have the freedom to select the coverage you want based on your needs. Some plans offer low monthly payments and have higher deductibles/co-pays while others offer lower deductibles/co-pays with higher monthly premiums. The choice is yours.

Step 3: Coverage Begins

Coverage can begin as early as 15 days depending on date of enrollment. Those enrolled by the 15th of the previous month receive coverage sooner than those who enroll after the 15th of the month.


A 28-year-old female, nonsmoker with an annual income of $20,000 selects the most popular “Silver” plan. If she does not qualify for subsidies, she could purchase her plan at the original rate of $307. However, in this case her income qualifies her for subsidies in the amount of $224, making her monthly payment $83.*

*A variety of factors contribute to final premium costs.

When to apply:

Open Enrollment is typically held in the fall for coverage beginning on January 1 of the following year. Visit for this year’s open enrollment dates. Special Enrollment outside of the designated open enrollment period requires a life changing event to qualify. Examples of life change events include, but are not limited to:
  • Marriage / divorce
  • Becoming pregnant / having a baby / gaining or losing a dependant
  • Moving out of state
  • Change in disability status
  • Change in employment / income
  • Change in health coverage through employment or other program

    Open enrollment for 2018 coverage is November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017. Special enrollment outside of these dates is available if you’ve had a life changing event that qualifies as listed above.

What is needed to apply:

  • Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone applying for coverage
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms)
  • Other forms as necessary based on legal residence, income and employer based programs
Visit with RCH’s Certified Health Insurance Navigator for a complete list or go online to or
Cricket Rice
Certified Health Insurance Navigator


Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Available after hours by appointment.

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