Insurance enrollment event set for Dec. 12 at Great River Medical Center

Certified application counselors will help people sign up for insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, in Great River Medical Center’s lobby, 1221 S. Gear Ave., West Burlington. The annual open-enrollment period for applying for health insurance or making changes closes Jan. 15.

The Health Insurance Marketplace helps consumers find health coverage that fits their budgets and meets their needs.It also provides help with signing up for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Every insurance plan in the Marketplace offers essential health benefits, including:

  • Physician visits
  • Preventive care
  • Hospitalization
  • Prescriptions

Health insurance companies can’t deny coverage or charge more for preexisting health conditions, and they can’t charge men and women different premiums.

Certified application counselors from Great River Health and Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa will be available to enroll Iowa and Illinois residents. Please bring these items for all family members to be enrolled:

  • Birth dates
  • Pay stubs, W-2 forms or “Wage and Tax Statements”
  • Policy numbers for health insurance you or your family could get from your jobs
  • Social Security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)

Great River Health is a Champion of Coverage Organization and a Certified Application Counselor Organization by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It also is a Presumptive Medicaid Organization.

Certified application counselors at Great River Health are available by appointment between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays to help Iowans enroll in health coverage. Please call (319) 768-3625 or toll-free (877) 404-4763.