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Free Assistance to Navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace Offered by Moraine Township

For Immediate Release
Date: Week of September 23, 2013
Contact: Anne Flanigan Bassi, Supervisor, 847-432-3240,

Free Assistance to Navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace Offered by Moraine Township

Moraine Township is partnering with the Lake County Health Department and the Alliance for Human Services to assist residents in navigating the new Health Insurance Marketplace starting October 1, 2013, and continuing through March 31, 2014. Certified volunteer counselors will be on hand throughout this period to assist individuals and small businesses with the enrollment process.

Starting October 1, the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will allow residents and small businesses to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, which will take effect January 1, 2014.

The Health Department estimates that approximately 70,000 Lake County residents are uninsured, which impacts the broader community in multiple ways. Under the Affordable Care Act, residents whose income is 138% or less of the federal poverty guideline (about $27,000 for a family of three in 2013) will be eligible for the expanded Medicaid program; those with higher incomes may be eligible for subsidies to help offset the cost of health insurance based on a sliding income scale.

"The process to determine what a person or family may be eligible for could be daunting for the average person," commented Moraine Township Clerk Gail Feiger Brown, who has been trained as an in-person assistor/counselor.

"That's why the Township has stepped up to assist," notes Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, also participating as a trained counselor. "This program is important to our residents and can benefit our community."

Access to affordable insurance will be especially important for people who are self-employed, starting a business, or retiring early, as well as individuals who have pre-existing conditions, are recently unemployed, or whose jobs do not provide employer-sponsored health insurance.

Existing medical conditions and gender will no longer be factored into health insurance premium costs, making health insurance more affordable for many, including small employers.

Moraine Township staff, elected officials, and volunteers have completed almost 40 hours of in-person and online training, plus a background check, to obtain certification as In-Person Counselors. Residents are encouraged to ask for credentials of anyone offering help before sharing confidential information.

"While our outreach focus is southeast Lake County residents, we will assist any Illinois resident, so someone who works in Highwood but lives in Arlington Heights is welcome to use this free service," noted Bassi.

Assistance will be available by appointment daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Moraine Township office at 777 Central Avenue, Highland Park, plus weekend and evening hours at various community locations. Call (847) 432-3240 to schedule an appointment with a trained in-person counselor/navigator to help you understand your choices and any assistance you may qualify for.

For further information call Supervisor Bassi at 847-432-3240 or email Moraine Township's website is


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