County helps people find insurance

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 2:00 a.m. CDT

The March 31 deadline for Americans to obtain health insurance is approaching, and the DeKalb County Health Department is taking appointments for assistance to enroll in Medicaid or the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.  

To make an appointment, contact the health department at 815-748-2404.

The Enroll DeKalb County service is free and funded by a grant awarded to the Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators by the Illinois Department of Public Health in coordination with the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. 

Health insurance plans available to Illinois residents will provide coverage for 10 essential services and no one can be denied access to insurance for a pre-existing condition. 

Essential services include outpatient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, prescription drugs, rehabilitation services, laboratory services, pediatric care and prevention and wellness services including chronic disease management. 

“We encourage the public to learn about the Marketplace and the documents necessary for enrollment by visiting www.GetCoveredillinois.gov,” Jane Lux, public health administrator, said in a news release. “This resource will help individuals explore and compare health insurance plans to determine which ones are best for them and their families.”

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