Health department to teach about Affordable Care Act
The DeKalb County Health Department is one of 82 local health departments in Illinois selected to participate in the outreach and enrollment effort for the Affordable Care Act. In-person counselors will help consumers understand coverage options, determine eligibility and enroll in new affordable health insurance options. They will also provide unbiased information about the health insurance marketplace, qualified health plans, tax credits and cost-sharing reductions, as well as Medicaid.
Enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will begin on Oct. 1, with coverage to start Jan. 1. The Marketplace will be accessed through a user-friendly website where individuals will be able to compare health care policies and premiums and purchase comprehensive health coverage.
Health department staff will take part in an intensive training program designed to prepare them to educate consumers about the act and their health insurance options.
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