Local Agencies Break Down Obamacare

STATELINE (WIFR) – Starting in January, more than 30 million people will be required to have health insurance under the affordable care act. It seems confusing so some state funding is being set aside to help us wade through the enrollment process.

Now local organizations are hoping to aid Stateliners in exploring their options.

“We’re already getting a lot of questions.”

The Winnebago County Health Department will soon be able to better answer questions on the Affordable Care act. It just received part of a $750,000 state grant that allows them to hire counselors to guide local families through the enrollment process, which starts October 1st.

“Now everybody’s going to have that opportunity to have a health care plan available at an affordable cost.”

The Health Department reports more than 40,000 people need health insurance in Winnebago County, most don’t have a clue what coverage they’ll need when the affordable care act takes effect.

“We’ll be working on educating our patients as to what they’re eligible for so they can extend health insurance for those who aren’t eligible right now.”
With the health department, Crusader Community Health is included in the 12 local agencies in the process of hiring counselors. Crusader will hire three of them, who will soon start intense training.

The idea is to get patients signed up before the January start date.

If you’re still trying to figure out what coverage you’ll need, you can get help from the following organizations:

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford Health System, SwedishAmerican Health System, Rock Valley College, Lifescape Community Services, United Way of Rock River Valley, Rockford Health Council, YWCA Rockford, City of Rockford Human Services, La Voz Latina, and TASC, Inc.

Everybody is required to have health insurance by January 1st, however the U.S. House pushed that deadline back for small businesses. They won’t need to start providing insurance until January 2015.

For more information, you can also visit http://www.healthcare.gov.

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