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Joliet library to host health care insurance enrollment event Friday

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

The Will County Health Department’s Community Health Center announced a special event this Friday to provide information and help residents looking to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Outreach and enrollment counselors and representatives will be able to enroll residents and provide information on health care services. No appointment is necessary, according to a news release.

“We want people to have access to affordable medical coverage, access to medical care and to explore all of their options,” WCCHC managed care specialist Gayle Andrae said. “Residents may find they are income eligible for a discount to help reduce the marketplace monthly premiums.”

Andrae said some residents might also qualify for a tax cut to help reduce costs.

Through an initiative of the Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships program, the WCCHC will be partnering with two other Federally Qualified Health Centers, Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness and VNA Health Care, to provide information and help residents looking to sign up for marketplace insurance coverage for 2019.

Residents with lower income can receive help enrolling in Medicaid. They are also encouraged to learn more about FQHCs, which offer primary care provider services, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, family planning and behavioral and dental services.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the downtown branch of the Joliet Public Library, located at 150 N. Ottawa St. Call the Will County Community Health Center Outreach Specialist Hotline at 815-774-6090 for information.

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