Monday, March 2, 2015

Special Enrollment For Health Insurance In McHenry County

McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) announces Open Enrollment for health insurance has now ended; however, it is not too late for residents who qualify for a Special Enrollment period. Individuals whose income meets the guidelines for Medicaid or experience a specific life event can qualify for health insurance through the Marketplace. Life events include loss of employer-based coverage, change in income or household size, move into McHenry County or Lake County, reached the age of 26 and no longer able to stay on parents’ plan, or a change in immigration status
If you filed 2014 taxes, paid a penalty for being uninsured and want health care coverage, you may take advantage of this one-time enrollment period from March 15 through April 30, 2015. Licensed Navigators are available seven days a week and offer free assistance regarding both Marketplace and Medicaid plans. Contact MCDH at 815-334-4510 for more information 

 A majority of Illinois residents using the Marketplace have qualified for tax credits to help lower the cost of health insurance premiums. Examples include –
 A single adult with no dependents earning up to $3,800 a month and couples with a monthly income up to $5,200 a month may qualify for assistance through the Marketplace.

 Individuals whose income meets the guidelines for Medicaid can apply at any time during the year. A single adult earning less than $1,350 a month and couples earning up to $1,830 a month may qualify for free insurance

 .If you are uninsured, are concerned about a tax penalty, want to file for a tax exemption, or would like to apply for health insurance contact a licensed Navigator at 815-334-4510. Funding is made possible by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Enroll McHenry County is a partnership of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Centegra Health System, Family Health Partnership Clinic, McHenry County Department of Health, and Pioneer Center for Human Services.

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