DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Polk County Health Department, along with other local agencies in Des Moines, will host a health insurance enrollment fair on Monday, November 2nd.
"This is the first event like this that we have held, so we hope we have a good turnout," said Nola Aigner, Polk County Health Department. "Hopefully, having this event so early in the sign-up process will encourage people to be proactive and get health insurance right away.”
The fair runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working families. The goal is to help individuals and families through the health insurance process.
In order to help individuals understand their choices and assist them with the sign-up process, the health insurance fair will be staffed by professionals, who will provide individuals with one-on-one enrollment assistance.
“We want to help make the process easier for those people to get health insurance,” said Aigner. “We have trained navigators and insurance counselors, who have a lot of experience, to make sure people get coverage to meet their needs.
Staff will provide individuals with detailed information about each Marketplace Health Insurance Plan offered in Iowa and can help determine eligibility for Marketplace subsidies.
An adult family of four making $33,465 - $59,625, and not offered affordable health insurance through work, may qualify for Marketplace health plans with lower monthly premiums plus savings on out-of-pocket costs, like deductibles and co-payments.
An adult in a family of four making $59,626 - $95,400, and not offered affordable health insurance through work, may qualify for Marketplace health plans with lower monthly premiums.
Spanish interpreters will also be available at the event.
“Everybody needs health insurance,” said Aigner. “We want to make sure those who are underserved get an opportunity to get insurance to meet their needs. We give them a chance to meet one-on-one with a counselor and that helps the process seem a little less overwhelming. It really gives them a chance to be comfortable.”
In order to complete the enrollment application at the fair, please bring the following information:
- Current ID
- Social Security Card
- 2014 Income Tax Returns
- If working, last pay stub
- Every client must have an email account to receive notice of coverage decisions and requests for additional information.
To learn more visit www.healthcare.gov.