COLLINSVILLE — Eligible Illinois residents who don’t enroll in a qualified health plan by Jan. 31 — the date the Health Insurance Marketplace closes for 2017 — may miss out on coverage for the year as well as face penalties at tax time.
Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation is playing host to a free, daylong enrollment event on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive in Collinsville. The event will give people a last chance to secure health insurance coverage for 2017.
SIHF’s health insurance navigators will determine if individuals qualify for low-cost insurance through the Affordable Care Act or for no-cost state-sponsored health coverage. Navigators will walk people through the enrollment process and verify if price breaks or tax credits are available to assist with any costs.
To enroll, attendees are asked to bring a valid photo ID, proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residence, Social Security number, and income verification. The service is free to all Illinois residents.
“Missing the enrollment deadline can have big consequences on a person’s physical – and financial – health,” said James Spinner, business development director for SIHF. “Our experienced and trained Navigators are available up to the last minute to help anyone in our region get access to a plan that meets their health-care needs and their budget.”
Individuals who cannot attend the Jan. 29 event or would like to enroll prior to the deadline are invited to call (618) 397-3303 to schedule an appointment with their local navigator.
SIHF operates a network of 30 health centers across nine counties with more than 150 medical providers who deliver comprehensive family and adult services. Visit www.sihf.org.
— From the Illinois Business Journal