Main Street Helena’s Downtown Farmers’ Market is Open for Business

The Downtown Helena Farmers’ Market has once again begun to serve the citizens of Phillips County with fresh fruits and vegetables as well as jams, jellies, and other homemade goods.  Located under the canopy on Walnut Street between Porter and Rightor, the Farmers Market provides a fun, friendly, family oriented setting with ample parking and is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through the end of September.  The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is available for shoppers who receive government assistance.  For more information, please contact Benny Sanders at 870-816-4088.

Arkansas Insurance Department Announces 23 ‘Health Connectors’

The Arkansas Insurance Department announced Friday, June 14, 2013 the launch of its Arkansas Health Connector program with the award of contracts to 23 organizations to serve as guides to help consumers better understand their health insurance options.

A new online exchange will be launched later this year to help Medicaid eligible citizens shop for subsidized health plans, and the Affordable Care Act also requires the online exchange to provide options for consumers.

Each of the 23 organizations will employ “guides” to provide in-person assistance to consumers as the new health insurance coverage options become available in October 2013.

In Phillips County, the Community Health Centers of Arkansas and Tri-County Rural Health have contracts to serve as guides.  The Arkansas Minority Health Commission has a pending contract with the Arkansas Insurance Department.

“Guides have a vital role in outreach and enrollment, informing Arkansans of their new health insurance options and connecting them to the federal Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Insurance Deputy Commissioner Cynthia Crone, Arkansas Health Connector Division. “This local approach will ensure that community-based resources will be utilized to reach the uninsured and underinsured, and expand access to health care for many residents who have not had coverage in the past.”

Crone stated that negotiations are ongoing with additional community organizations to ensure that all communities and populations are served.

For additional information, please contact the Community Health Centers of Arkansas at 501-374-8225; Tri-County Rural Health at 870-338-8900; or the Arkansas Minority Health Commission at 1-877-264-2826.