Moraine Township Democratic Organization

Subsidized Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ended February 15

Moraine200colorAbsent a life event (e.g., marriage, divorce, job-loss) that qualifies someone for a special enrollment period, February 15 was the last day to enroll in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare), and obtain premium subsidies.

“People can still obtain insurance through private brokers or insurance companies after February 15,” notes Moraine Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, “but help paying for the insurance will no longer be available.”

Moraine Township has certified navigators available at no charge to work one-on-one with residents to help enrollees understand and compare coverage, costs, and financial assistance. The township partners with the Lake County Health Department and Get Covered Illinois in this service.

Township navigator Barbara Altman cautions that “people who are uninsured for more than three months in 2015 may be liable for a penalties when filing 2015 income tax returns in 2016, so enrolling while financial assistance is still available will ensure both savings and access to healthcare in the event of an accident or unexpected health event.”

To schedule an appointment call Moraine Township at 847-432-3240; appointments are available weekdays, weekends, and evenings.

Medicaid enrollments are accepted year-round, and the Township assists residents with Medicaid enrollment throughout the year.

For further information call Moraine Township at the number above or email super@morainetownship.org.