Health insurance enrollment fair to be held

The Polk County Health Department, A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy (AMOS), and other community partners are holding a health insurance enrollment fair on Saturday, January 11 from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Evelyn Davis Center (801 University Ave, Unit 3 in Des Moines).

Rick Kozin, Polk County Health Department Director said “Through the Affordable Care Act uninsured or underinsured individuals, regardless of their health status, could have access to health insurance. But learning about the options and getting signed up can be a difficult process for some.”

In order to help individuals understand their choices and assist them with the sign-up process the health fair will be staffed by professionals from Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Coventry Insurance and CoOportunity Health. This enrollment fair will provide individuals with detailed information about each Marketplace health insurance plan offered in Iowa and can help determine eligibility for Marketplace subsidies.

In order to complete the enrollment application at the fair, please bring the following information:

  • Current ID
  • Social Security Card
  • 2012 Income Tax Returns
  • If working, last pay stub
  • Every client must have an email address to receive notice of coverage decisions and requests for additional information.

“For thousands of Iowans, this is the first real opportunity they will have to get their families health and medical costs covered at a price that is affordable” said Kozin.

In 2010 it was estimated that 13% of adults in Polk County were uninsured. Many others may have inadequate insurance to meet their family’s needs. People without health insurance often delay getting necessary care until it is unavoidable and more costly.

A number of our community partners have trained their staff in the details necessary to provide assistance to families so they can take advantage of this opportunity.

To learn more visit www.healthcare.gov or call Ana at 515-323-5227 with questions about the enrollment fair. If you plan on attending the enrollment fair please email HealthDept@PolkCountyIowa.gov.

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