Here's where to get help with Obamacare in Rock County
JANESVILLE—While there are no official “navigators” to help Rock County residents wade through the Affordable Health Care law's enrollment process, a local group is working to make sure plenty of help is available.
A group of Rock County health care providers, insurers and others has put together a list of locations and resources to help people enroll, which must be done by Dec. 15 for new coverage to begin Jan. 1.
“That was our first goal,” said Phil Boutwell, Rock County's deputy director of human services and one of two people leading the local network. “The next goal is really community outreach in which we would set up several events to help people.”
The state created a series of regional enrollment networks to provide application and enrollment assistance. In that network, Rock County is linked with six others that stretch to Crawford and Grant counties to the west.
Boutwell said it became clear that people in those western counties had nothing in common with people in Rock County when it came to learning about or signing up for insurance plans that don't cover the same geographic areas.
“There just didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to the geography, and we knew that we needed to set up a Rock County network to help Rock County people,” Boutwell said.
The local list includes in-person information sessions, locations with computers for enrollment, places where assisters and Certified Application Counselors are available and other resources.
One resource that's not on the list, Boutwell said, is the ACA resource page on the website of the Arrowhead Library System. It can be accessed at http://als.lib.wi.us/AffordableCareAct.html.
“There's plenty of help available locally, and in the future there will be even more help,” he said.
ACA HELP IN ROCK COUNTY
Informational in-person sessions
MercyCare Health Plans
-- 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 10 in room G380B at Mercy Walworth Hospital & Medical Center, N2950 Highway 67, Lake Geneva.
-- 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 11 at Mercy Beloit Medical Center, 2825 Prairie Ave., Beloit.
-- 10:30 a.m. Fridays through Dec. 13 in room 1 at Mercy Health Mall, 1010 N. Washington St., Janesville.
More information is available by calling 1-800-895-2421.
Dean Health Plan
-- 5 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 20 in the Prairie View Café at St. Mary's Janesville Hospital, 3400 E. Racine St., Janesville.
For more information, call 1-800-279-1301.
Beloit Health System
-- 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 10 at 1905 Huebbe Parkway, Beloit.
-- 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 11 at 1905 Huebbe Parkway, Beloit.
For more information, call 608-364-1539.
Available computers with assisters and/or certified application counselors
Assisters are people who can communicate with the public about options and how to connect with the enrollment support network.
Certified application counselors are people who have completed federal or state training to help people with enrollment and guidance through the website but not give advice on plans.
-- Beloit Health System, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1969 W. Hart Road or 1905 Huebbe Parkway, Beloit, or at Northpointe, 5605 E. Rockton Road, Roscoe, Ill.
For more information, call 608-364-1539.
-- Community Health Systems, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (counselors and assisters) at 74 Eclipse Center, Beloit.
For more information, call 608-361-0311.
-- Dean and St. Mary's Janesville, 3400 E. Racine St., Janesville, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (agents and assisters) in the health resources library. Dean Health Plan licensed agents are available from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays.
For more information, call 608-373-8000.
-- Edgerton Hospital, 11101 N. Sherman Road, Edgerton, assisters by appointment.
For more information, call 608-884-3441.
-- HealthNet of Rock County, 23 W. Milwaukee St., Janesville, counselors and assisters during clinic hours.
For more information, call 608-314-1920.
-- MercyCare Health Plans, 3430 Palmer Dr., Janesville, counselors and assisters from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call 1-800-895-2421.
-- Rock County Economic Support, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville, assisters from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call 608-741-3400.
Available computers without assisters and/or certified application counselors
-- Edgerton Community Outreach, 106 S. Main St., Edgerton, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.
For more information, call 608-884-9593.
-- Rock County Job Center, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays in the resource room.
-- Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd., Beloit, from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
For more information, call 608-364-2905.
-- Clinton Public Library, 214 Mill St., Clinton, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 608-676-5569.
-- Eager Free Public Library, 39 W. Main St., Evansville, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 608-882-2260.
-- Edgerton Public Library, 101 Albion St., Edgerton, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, call 608-884-4511.
-- Hedberg Public Library, 316 S. Main St., Janesville, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 608-758-6588.
-- Milton Public Library, 430 E. High St., Milton, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, call 608-868-7462.
-- Orfordville Public Library, 203 W. Beloit St., Orfordville, from noon to 7 p.m. weekdays.
For more information, call 608-879-9229.
Assisters, certified application counselors and agents or brokers
-- Rock County Council on Aging, 3328 Highway 51, Janesville, one assister.
For more information, call 608-921-3688.
-- St. Mary's Janesville Hospital, 3400 E. Racine St., Janesville, two counselors by appointment.
For more information, call 608-373-8792.
-- Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, 1900 Center Ave., Janesville, one assister.
For more information, call 608-741-3564.