Eligible Illinois residents who don’t enroll in a qualified Health Insurance Marketplace plan by Jan. 31 may miss out on coverage for the year as well as face penalties at tax time.
Whether an individual is enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling for 2016, Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation makes signing up simple. Together with Get Covered Illinois, the state’s official Health Insurance Marketplace, the foundation will host a free daylong enrollment event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive in Collinsville, giving procrastinators one last chance at securing coverage for 2016.
The foundation’s health insurance navigators will determine if individuals qualify for low-cost insurance through the Affordable Care Act or for no-cost state-sponsored health coverage. If they do, Navigators will walk them step-by-step through the enrollment process and verify if price breaks or tax credits are available to assist with costs.
To enroll, attendees are asked to bring a valid form of photo identification, proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residence, Social Security number and income verification. The service is free to Illinois residents.
“Missing the enrollment deadline can have big consequences on a person’s physical — and financial — health,” SIHF Project Director James Spinner said. “Our experienced and trained navigators are available up to the last minute to help anyone in our region get access to a plan that meets their health care needs and their budget.”
Last year, the foundation helped 4,700 Southern Illinois residents secure insurance. Individuals who cannot attend the Jan. 31 event or would like to enroll prior to the deadline are invited to call (618) 397-3303 to schedule an appointment with their local navigator.
For information, visit www.sihf.org.