Free Seminars Offer Assistance with Applying for Health Insurance

Rooks County Health Center (RCH) received a grant through the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, Inc. (KAMU) to assist individuals with enrollment in private health insurance. A series of five free seminars in Plainville, Natoma, Phillipsburg, Osborne and Hill City will be offered from October 18 to November 8. Individuals interested in acquiring health insurance for 2018 must enroll between November 1 and December 15 of this year.

The five free seminars are scheduled as follows: 5-6 p.m., October 18 at the RCH Education Center at the intersection of US HWY 183 and K-18 in Plainville; 10-11 a.m., October 21 at the French Press, 418 N. Main Street in Natoma; 5-6 p.m., October 25 at the Phillips County Hospital, 1150 State Street in Phillipsburg; 5-6 p.m., November 1 at the Free Methodist Church, 724 W. Main Street in Osborne; and the last one will be 5-6 p.m., November 8 at First State Bank, 101 E. Cherry Street in Hill City.

Cricket Rice of RCH completed her training in September as part of the grant program to become a Certified Insurance Navigator. She will be the instructor for each free seminar. Attendees can sign-up for free private health insurance counseling after each seminar to aid in completing their health insurance applications. If unable to attend, free appointments can be scheduled directly with Rice at Rooks County Health Center 1210 N. Washington in Plainville.

“I’m here to help individuals and business owners alike understand their health plan options, guide them through the programs for financial assistance and ultimately enroll them in a health plan of their choice that will work the best for them. Thanks to KAMU, we can assist all of Northwest Kansas in learning how to access the best health plans available,” explained Rice.

For more information visit or call Rice at 785.688.4443 or email For more information on a counselor nearest you visit

The project described was supported by, Funding Opportunity Number CA-NAV-15-001 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.”


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