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Connections for the Homeless, the Howard Area Community Center, and the McGaw YMCA are hosting an Enrollment Session on February 8 to encourage Evanston, Rogers Park, and other North Shore community members to enroll in the new health insurance plans available through the Health Marketplace.

Although individuals have until March 31, 2014 to enroll in a health plan, those who enroll by February 15 will have healthcare coverage beginning on March 1. At the session on February 8, specially trained Navigators from the three participating agencies will help people to enroll. For those who do not have all the proper documentation with them, the Navigators will provide them with instructions so that they can complete enrollment by the February 15 if they wish to. The Navigators will also provide information to those who are unfamiliar with how insurance plans work or need help understanding the different options available to them. 

The enrollment session will be at Evanston School District 65, 1500 McDaniel Ave., in Evanston, on Saturday, February 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Under the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Illinoisans who were previously unable to get insurance can now get covered. All plans included in the Marketplace:

·   Cover recommended preventive services free of charge

·   Include a cap on out-of-pocket costs

·   Have no lifetime or yearly dollar limit on coverage

·   Will not reject anyone on the basis of pre-existing conditions

Illinois residents will pay less than residents in many other states under the Health Marketplace and benefits may be even more affordable by subsidies offered by the federal government based on income.

There are several ways for Illinois residents to enroll for health insurance:

·   Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov

·   Call the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk at 866-311-1119

·   Schedule an appointment with a local Navigator for free

For more information, contact Lisa at 773-262-6622, x267.