Affordable Care Act Information and Enrollment Assistance

Affordable Care Act Information and Enrollment Assistance

Let's Get Covered Will County!!!

The second annual Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is almost here! Beginning November 15, 2014, individuals and small business owners can begin to shop for affordable health coverage options through the federal Marketplace, with coverage beginning January 1, 2015.  Do not delay!! Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace will close on February 15, 2015. (**Please note that Illinois Medicaid has no deadline, you can apply for Medicaid at any time throughout the year if you qualify).

Shopping for health coverage can be challenging. That is why the Will County Health Department has specially trained In-Person Counselors (IPC) available to assist you through the entire enrollment process. Call today to speak with an IPC who will be able to answer your specific questions and schedule a one-on-one personal appointment to help you enroll in the Marketplace or Illinois Medicaid. Appointment times and dates are flexible, and will be scheduled to meet your needs. All IPC services are FREE.

In-Person Counselors, also known as Navigators, are also available to present to community members to educate, answer questions, and schedule appointments in order to reach as many eligible consumers as possible in Will County.

Appointments are preferred, but walk-in appointments are welcome at the Joliet Office Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. Appointments are also available at the Eastern Branch Office in University Park and the North Branch Office in Bolingbrook.

If you would like to make an appointment for assistance with enrollment, have questions regarding the Affordable Care Act, or would like to request an IPC to speak at a community event, please contact the In-Person Counselor program hotline at 815-727-5990.  You can also email questions or leave your contact information at info@willcountyhealth.org.

State Extends Health Insurance Enrollment

Health Department Navigators Spreading The Word, Helping To Enroll Eligible Area Residents

JOLIET – Monday, December 23, is the new deadline for those who want to receive health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on January 1, 2014. The Will County Health Department has four specially trained Navigators to assist, answer questions and work with Will County residents on enrollment free of charge. To reach a Health Department health insurance Navigator, call 815-727-5990. All who enroll by December 23, will have affordable health insurance coverage beginning in the new year.  However, you can enroll in Marketplace options through March 31, 2014.  Medicaid enrollment is open all year round.

ACA Outreach Program Coming October 1

In-Person Counselors to Visit Health Fairs, Homes and More

The Family Health Services division of the Will County Health Department has In-Person Counselors  who visit organizations and attend events to explain the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and guide individuals through the enrollment process. This outreach effort begins soon.

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Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

Health Department Employees Have Room to Grow

New Organic to Grow Vegetables, Promote Wellness

Will County Health Department employees with a green thumb can soon till the soil at work.  At least 35 employees have signed up for an innovative program spearheaded by the agency’s employee wellness committee and the University of Illinois Extension.

Add Vaccines to Your Back-To-School Checklist

August is National Immunizations Awareness Month

The Will County Health Department is reminding parents to include immunizations on their child's back-to-school checklist.  Immunizations are equally important for college students.
Flu Season: No Surprises Thus Far, But be Prepared

Flu Season: No Surprises Thus Far, But be Prepared

This Year's Flu Shot Serum Targets Three Strains

H1N1, eight years after 2009 scare, is now just one of many strains to watch.
Avoiding Lead Poisoning in Children Requires Keen Observance

Avoiding Lead Poisoning in Children Requires Keen Observance

The Problem Often Goes Beyond Old Lead Paint

"They might test high, but they’re in a new house, so it’s obviously not lead paint. That’s when you have to look at other factors, such as food or what it’s being cooked in.”
Health Department Stress-Free Zone Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

Health Department Stress-Free Zone Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

A Chance for Co-Workers to Unite and Build Strength

The event included yoga mats, pillows, relaxing chairs and footstools, special lighting; and also massages, refreshments, and prizes.
For the Rise in STDs;  Sadly, There's an APP for That

For the Rise in STDs; Sadly, There's an APP for That

A Disturbing Example of Social Media's Influence

Yet another parental concern should be the apps their youngsters are using.
WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FLU SHOT SCHEDULE

WILL COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FLU SHOT SCHEDULE

Vaccines Available for Both Adults and Children

Persons sick with a cold or fever should delay receiving a flu shot until they feel better.
FREE FLU SHOTS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AT WILL CO HEALTH DEPARTMENT LOCATIONS

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES AT WILL CO HEALTH DEPARTMENT LOCATIONS

Illinois Employees can get their Shots this year at Joliet, Bolingbrook, or Monee Locations

State of Illinois employees and retirees must bring their state ID and state insurance cards. State employees with Medicare are asked to bring their Medicare cards as well.
REQUIRED SCREENINGS FOR NEWBORNS: WHAT IS ALL INVOLVED?

REQUIRED SCREENINGS FOR NEWBORNS: WHAT IS ALL INVOLVED?

Some Screenings Require Follow-up after Baby's Release

All newborn babies are required to have certain screening tests performed, usually within 24 to 48 hours of their births, before they can leave the hospital.
BACK TO SCHOOL: IT'S NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH

BACK TO SCHOOL: IT'S NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH

Special Requirements for Certain Grades; Schools Need Your Records

Especially for kids entering kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grades; it is time to make sure their immunization records are up to date.
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