Affordable Care Act enrollment fair is Monday

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

JANESVILLE—Nearly 41,000 Wisconsinites have selected a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace exchange, but thousands of others still have questions or have had trouble enrolling.

Helping the latter group is the intention of a health insurance enrollment fair scheduled for Monday at the Rock County Job Center in Janesville.

Insurance agents, certified counselors and others will answer questions and help people at the free event, and Spanish-language assistance also will be available.

Representatives from Dean Health Plan and MercyCare HMO, the two insurance companies offering marketplace plans in Rock County, will be available. 

Information sessions are planned throughout the day to provide background and help attendees better understand insurance terms and what to look for when choosing a health plan.

Certified Application Counselors, assisters and insurance agents will help people apply online at healthcare.gov. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about BadgerCare and HIRSP changes and assist with BadgerCare enrollment.

Computer access also will be available, and Mercy Health System and St. Mary's Janesville Hospital will provide free health screenings.

The enrollment fair is a product of the Rock County ACA Steering Committee, which consists of state, county and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, insurance companies and health care providers.

The fair comes on the heals of a federal government report that shows Wisconsin residents filed 102,755 applications that covered 156,880 people between Oct. 1 and Dec. 28.

Of the 40,752 people who selected a marketplace plan, 56 percent were females and 19 percent were between the ages of 18 and 34.

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