Navigating the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace to find the right coverage for one’s health care needs and family budget can be a complex and confusing process, especially when enrolling for the first time.
However, when the Marketplace open enrollment begins Saturday, Nov. 15, Madison County residents have a team that can help them find the best insurance for the best value.
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation ACA Navigators offer free guidance to individuals new to the Marketplace, determining if they qualify for low-cost insurance through the ACA or for no-cost, state-sponsored health care coverage. Navigators can walk them through the enrollment process and verify if price breaks or tax credits are available to assist them with costs. In addition, because current ACA and Medicaid enrollees are required to re-enroll for 2015, Navigators can help them determine if their current insurance fits their specific requirements.
Open enrollment runs through Feb. 15, 2015. If residents enroll by Dec. 15, in most instances, their insurance will be in place by Jan. 1.
Last year, SIHF helped 7,200 Southern Illinois residents secure insurance.
“Having the right insurance in place is critical to not only Illinois residents’ physical health, but their financial health as well,” said Patrice Howard, vice president of administration for SIHF. “Without coverage, patients are likely to delay preventative visits and refuse emergency care that could affect their overall well-being. Our Navigators remove the biggest barrier to quality health care by helping people learn how they can cover their medical costs.”
For information on the SIHF ACA Navigator program, contact the main office at (618) 397-3303 or schedule an appointment with your nearest Navigator:
• Alton Health Center – (618) 463-5905
• Bethalto Health Center – (618) 258-0485
• Central Collinsville Health Center – (618) 343-6015
• Good Samaritan Health Center, Alton – (618) 462-4939
• Madison County One Stop – (618) 258-7171
• McKinley Health Center, Granite City – (618) 452-3301
In addition, SIHF will host special “Increasing Access to Health Insurance Enrollment” events at the following locations this weekend:
• Bethel AME Church, 1035 Market St., Madison from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15
• East Alton First United Methodist Church, 1001 Third St., East Alton from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16
For information, visit www.sihf.org.