McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) has awarded grants to six county organizations to conduct outreach, education and enrollment for “Enroll McHenry County” as part of the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. MCDH was one of 44 community-based organizations across the state of Illinois selected to participate in the education efforts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and healthcare reform.
The $500,000, one-year federal grant is provided through the Illinois Department of Public Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In-Person Counselors (IPCs) will help consumers understand coverage options, determine eligibility and enroll in new affordable health insurance plans. You can enroll through the Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov beginning Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 with coverage beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2014.
Organizations receiving the grants include Centegra Health System. These partners, along with MCDH staff, will take part in an intensive training program to educate consumers about the ACA and their healthcare options. Agencies interested in hosting outreach activities should contact MCDH at 815-334-4510. If you would like to learn about employment opportunities, visit MCDH at www.mcdh.info in the next few days.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau, it is estimated that 32,058 of McHenry County residents under 65 years of age are uninsured. The marketplace is a user-friendly website where individuals, families and small businesses can compare healthcare policies and premiums and purchase comprehensive coverage. The ACA includes expansion of insurance coverage to all adults, free preventive care, parity of mental health and medical coverage and no insurance denials for those with pre-existing conditions.
For more information on Enroll McHenry County, call MCDH 815-334-4510 or visit www.healthcare.gov.