Mayor Soglin's Blog

Let's Make Sure We All Have Health Care Coverage

January 23, 2015 3:34 PM

I hope you will join me in spreading the word about upcoming events and opportunities to sign up for health care coverage. As you know, self-employed, part-time workers, early retirees, and entrepreneurs now have affordable options to buy their own insurance through the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace.

The Affordable Care Act requires that everyone, with a few exceptions, have health insurance and be able to prove it when filing taxes. For those who went "uncovered" last year, there may be a penalty that affects tax refunds.
People can browse for local plans and enroll on their own using the Health Insurance Marketplace Website www.healthcare.gov. For people with complex health or household situations, unfamiliar with health insurance or without easy access to computers, there are licensed and trained assisters available to help you navigate through the opportunities for health care and work with you to register. The deadline for sign up is February 15, but here in Madison we are very fortunate that a number of groups are working together to provide sign up help. I will be attending the Saturday, January 31 event called Super Saturday.

Madison Super Saturday
Saturday, January 31
9 am to 6 pm
United Way Building
2059 Atwood Ave.

Licensed navigators, insurance agents and brokers, and HealthConnect representatives will assist people with opening Marketplace accounts, reviewing and enrolling in a health insurance plan, and learning about financial assistance to make the coverage affordable.

There are a number of other opportunities as well. You can get free help applying at any of the area events below or at the Dane County Job Center (1819 Aberg Ave.), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, or dial United Way's 2-1-1 helpline for referrals.

If we take the extra steps needed to ensure each of us and our families have health care coverage, we can make Madison an even better place to live work and play!

Monday, January 26
10 am - 1 pm
Goodman S. Park Public Library
Green Room and Aqua Room
2222 S. Park St., Madison

Friday, January 30
3 pm - 7 pm
Centro Hispano of Dane County
810 W. Badger Rd., Madison
Presentation and enrollment assistance in Spanish and English.

Wednesday, February 4
Noon - 6 pm
Richard Dilley Tax Center (Atrium)
Villager Mall
S. Park St., Madison
Tax preparation & insurance enrollment.

Thursday, February 5
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Lakeview Public Library
2845 N. Sherman Ave., Madison

Saturday, February 7
9 am - 3 pm
Richard Dilley Tax Center (Atrium)
Villager Mall
S. Park St., Madison
Tax preparation & insurance enrollment.

Monday, February 9
10 am - 1 pm
Goodman S. Park Public Library
Green Room and Aqua Room
2222 S Park St., Madison

Monday, February 9
Noon - 6 pm
Richard Dilley Tax Center (Atrium)
Villager Mall
S. Park St., Madison
Tax preparation & insurance enrollment.

Consumers can walk-in for assistance or make appointments by call Covering Kids & Families at 608-261-1455.

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