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Will County Health Center reminds residents about health insurance open enrollment

Volunteer nurse Marylynn Tyler takes the blood pressure of Elizabeth Gudino while at the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in Joliet, Ill.
Volunteer nurse Marylynn Tyler takes the blood pressure of Elizabeth Gudino while at the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 in Joliet, Ill.

The Will County Community Health Center is reminding residents looking to acquire health insurance about the open enrollment period for marketplace plans through the Affordable Care Act.

The enrollment period for the ACA, also known as Obamacare, runs through Dec. 15, according to a news release. Coverage begins Jan. 1, 2020.

Marketplace insurance plans offer comprehensive coverage, including essential health benefits such as prescription drugs, mental health treatment, maternity care, preventive care and other health care services.

“This is the time to act if you are without insurance coverage, or if you want to change your current Marketplace plan or update your current information,” Gayle Andrae, a managed care specialist at the Will County Community Health Center, said in the release.

Andrae said that residents should be cautious of non-Marketplace options on various websites, because some of those plans may not cover health benefits that qualified plans offer.

Poor residents may receive help enrolling in Medicaid and learn about Federally Qualified Health Centers in Will County, Andrae said. FQHC’s can accept private insurance, Medicare and Medicaid. They offer a sliding payment scale for eligible residents, including a pharmacy discount program.

“We want people to have access to affordable medical coverage, access to medical care and to explore all of their options,” Andrae said in the release.

For more information, call the WCCHC outreach specialist hotline at 815-774-6090, or contact the marketplace directly at 800-318-2596 or online at healthcare.gov.

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