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HealthLinc offers aid in signing up for Affordable Care Act coverage

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Health care navigators with HealthLinc are ready to help uninsured Hoosiers sign up for health insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act.

“HealthLinc has 15 certified application counselors, also known as navigators, that have completed federal and state training and have passed the tests,” said Beth Wrobel, CEO of HealthLinc.

The HealthLinc certified application counselors will be housed in HealthLinc’s community health centers in East Chicago, Valparaiso, Knox, Michigan City and Mishawaka, Ind.

Each HealthLinc counselor will be responsible for their surrounding areas as well.

“Our certified application counselors will help people find out if they qualify for subsidies that offset the cost of insurance coverage, as well as help people choose coverage and provide unbiased information,” said Lauren Lamb, outreach and enrollment manager for HealthLinc.

People can schedule individual appointments with a HealthLinc certified application counselor by calling 1-888-580-1060. They can also attend one of HealthLinc’s Coffee Talks about the Affordable Care Act.

For more information about HealthLinc’s Coffee Talks, visit or call (219) 462-7173, ext. 2627.

HealthLinc, Inc. ( is a not-for-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services to people of all ages regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

HealthLinc clinics are located in Valparaiso, Valparaiso Porter-Starke Services, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka, and East Chicago, and accept Medicare, Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP), some commercial insurance plans, and uninsured patients on a sliding-fee scale based on their income.

Coffee Talks will be held Wednesday, November 13, beginning at 9:00 a.m., with enrollment aide from 9:30 a.m. - 10: 30 a.m.; and again at 6:00 p.m., with 6:30 p.m. - 7: 30 p.m. Enrollment at HealthLinc clinic; 710 Franklin St. (basement), Michigan City, Ind. 46360

These HealthLinc Coffee Talks provide an opportunity for individuals to learn about the Affordable Care Act and how the law affects them and their loved ones. Certified application counselors will be on hand to help people enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace and help them find out if they qualify for subsidies that offset the cost of insurance coverage.

Individuals and families interested in enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace should bring the following documentation:

*  Social Security Numbers or document numbers for legal immigrants.

*  Employer, tax and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage, i.e. pay stubs, W-2 forms.

*  Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your

household (if applicable).

*  A completed Employer Coverage Tool form is available at for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for. This includes coverage you are eligible for, but do not enroll in.

More than 150,000 adults and children in Northern Indiana are uninsured. As a community health center, HealthLinc has received a grant to educate and assist more than 8,000 people in enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace.



Posted 11/11/2013