Misericordia University collaborating to offer free assistance for enrolling in Health Insurance Marketplace


DALLAS TWP., Pa. – The health care management program and the Health Care Management Association at Misericordia University are collaborating with The Advocacy Alliance of Scranton on Saturday, Nov. 4 to provide information and help for people who need assistance navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2018. The free community education event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in McAuley Hall on campus.

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 Affordable Care Act. Medical coverage can begin as soon as Jan. 1, 2018 by signing up for insurance.

“We want to help people in our local communities to navigate the insurance marketplace and also to understand the many options for coverage that are available to them,’’ said Ronald V. Petrilla, Ph.D., assistant professor of business at Misericordia University. “Students in our Health Care Management Association are volunteering to share the lessons they learned in the classroom for the betterment of their local community.’’

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 learners in the Expressway Accelerated Degree Program. The academic program is designed to respond to the specific needs of health care organizations in today’s dynamic 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.

For more information about the free community education event at Misericordia University, please call Dr. Petrilla at (570) 674-1764. Please log on to www.misericordia.edu/business and click on health care management to find out more about the academic program.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 45 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 edition of Best Colleges. The Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2018 Best Northeastern College and MONEY Magazine includes Misericordia in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges” list.