Stickney Public Health District Offers Affordable Care Act Info & Registration Opportunities
From Saturday February 15, at 3:00PM EST until Tuesday, February 18th at 5:00AM EST, the Social Security Administration will conduct annual systems maintenance activities. During this period, verification of Social Security Numbers and other related data via the Hub will be unavailable.
Individuals attempting to complete the application process on HealthCare.gov during this period will not be able to immediately receive an eligibility determination/assessment from the Marketplace. Upon completion, consumers will need to save their application and return to HealthCare.gov on or after February 18 to complete the enrollment process for coverage beginning on April 1st.
If a consumer wants coverage effective March 1, 2014, they generally need to sign up by February 15th. But, because of the maintenance window, they won’t be able to find out what they qualify for if they apply after 3pm on the 15th. Those individuals should call the Federal Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 starting on February 18th to request March coverage.
If a consumer wants coverage effective March 1, 2014, they generally need to sign up by February 15th. But, because of the maintenance window, individuals applying after 3pm on that day will not be able to determine what options they qualify for. Those individuals should call the Federal Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 starting on February 18th to request March coverage.
Resource for plan comparison
Stickney Public Health District is dedicated to spreading the word about Get Covered Illinois and the range of health insurance options and community resources that are available to residents.
With the deadline approaching for open enrollment of March 31st, an increased number of counselors are on hand to supply information to community members, in both English and Spanish, about the new health insurance options available through Get Covered Illinois – The Official Health Marketplace.
“Residents should sign up sooner, rather than later,” says Nicole Litterio, In-Person Counselor for the health district. After March 31st, cautions Latterio, there will be four months before another open enrollment period is offered and penalties for the non-insured could be incurred.
“We are committed to improving the health of the community “said Louis Viverito, Health Board President and Stickney Township Supervisor “We’re here to make sure community members know about the affordable health insurance options that are available to them, and to get the information and assistance they need to sign up for the plan that is best for them.”
To that end, Litterio will be on-site to assist in taking registrations and answering questions at the Stickney Township Medical Center, 5635 State Road in Burbank. Residents may call 708 424-9200 to make an appointment. Evening hours are available.
Additionally, Litterio will also be holding some community events for the convenience of residents.
Registrations will be taken at the Prairie Trail Library, 8449 S. Moody in Burbank every third Tuesday until June from 5 to 6 p.m. The Burbank Park District Fusion Recplex Center at 6100 W. 85th Street will also be a site for information and registrations on February 10, March 10, April 14 and May 12 from 5-6 p.m.
For information about other community events, visit www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov/events. Residents may also call Stickney Public Health District at 708/424-9200 with any questions or to make an appointment for assistance in the enrollment process.
Open enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace is available on the website at GetCoveredIllinois.gov and via a toll-free Help Desk at (866) 311-1119 (open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Any resident without health insurance should make use of the website or toll-free Help Desk to access the market place.
With open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplaces underway, many Americans will be looking for information about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will mean for them.
The Kaiser Family Foundation released an expanded list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help consumers better understand the ACA, also known as Obamacare. Through more than 150 questions and answers, the collection provides guidance to consumers about the law and how it applies to people in different circumstances. The questions address such topics as "Who is eligible for Marketplace premium tax credits?" and "What is a grandfathered plan? How do I know if I have one?"
In addition, the Foundation also has issued a series of "Obamacare & You" one-page explainers that address how the law applies to people in different circumstances: the uninsured, people with job-based coverage, people who are low-income and potentially eligible for Medicaid, people with pre-existing conditions, people who buy coverage on their own through the individual market, and Medicare beneficiaries.
Other consumer resources include a health insurance subsidy calculator, flowcharts explaining ACA requirements, and animated videos summarizing the law in English and Spanish. All can be accessed at kff.org/aca-consumer-resources.
Stickney Public Health District is certified as a local health department by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Founded in 1946, the SPHD provides a variety of health prevention treatments and public health services to the residents of Stickney Township. We are committed to improving and protecting the health of our residents and encourage you to take advantage of our services.
These include programs that provide health services to both the youngest and the most senior of Stickney Township's population. In Home Nursing program seeks to maintain the independence of elderly citizens while the Women, Infants and Children program targets the nutritional needs of those in the early stages of life. The SPHD also takes a broader role in servicing the environmental and safety concerns of our community.
The administrators of Stickney Public Health District hope this site provides greater access to the services that we offer to the community.
Louis S. Viverito
Louis S. Viverito
In addition to his position with the SPHD, Louis S. Viverito is the State Senator representing the 11th District and Stickney Township Supervisor; born in Chicago, he is a Korean War Veteran and, together with his wife Carolyn, has three children and five grandsons.