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Students offering free assistance for enrolling in Health Insurance Marketplace
Posted 10/24/2019 11:59AM

Assistant Professor Ronald V. Petrilla, Ph.D.The Misericordia University Health Care Management Program and student-run Health Care Management Association are offering the program, “Health Care Marketplace Tutorial,’’ on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to provide information and assistance to people who need help navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2020. Registration for the free session is in the lobby of the Insalaco Center for Career Development in McAuley Hall.

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15 for anyone who needs to enroll, re-enroll or change their insurance plan through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Medical coverage can begin as early as Jan. 1, 2019 by signing up for insurance.

“Students in our Health Care Management Association will be spearheading this service-learning project,’’ said Ronald V. Petrilla, Ph.D., assistant professor of business at Misericordia University. “By volunteering, our students gain hands-on experience in their field of study and also provide a vital service to members in our local community who rely on the Affordable Care Act to receive health insurance.’’

The Bachelor of Science in health care management at Misericordia University offers two distinct tracts: a four-year degree for traditional students and the 2½-year program for adult Assistant Professor ​​John R. Ash, M.H.A., Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E.learners. The academic program responds to the specific needs of health care organizations in today’s dynamic work environment. Management skills, leadership development, strategic planning, marketing, health care finance and law are examined, including a comprehensive understanding of finance, insurance and payment mechanisms.

Dr. Petrilla and John R. Ash, M.H.A., Ph.D., F.A.C.H.E., assistant professor of business and health care administration, are the faculty advisors for the service-learning project.

For more information about the free community education initiative at Misericordia University, please call Dr. Petrilla at 570-674-1764 or Dr. Ash at 570-674-6704. Please log on to and click on health care management to find out more about the academic program.

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