Health insurance deadline nears

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health is reminding residents that open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31.

MCDH and its six partner agencies have processed more than 1,200 applications for the Marketplace health plans and Medicaid since Oct. 1.

Those who miss the March 31 enrollment deadline for the Health Insurance Marketplace could face financial penalties when they submit their tax returns for the 2014 year and will not have another opportunity to enroll in a plan until November (with coverage starting in January 2015) without a life-changing circumstance. Those who are eligible for Medicaid can continue to enroll without a change in circumstances after March 31 and Enroll McHenry County Navigators can assist with online applications.

To schedule an appointment to meet with a local navigator, call 815-334-4510 or choose from a variety of appointment times and locations throughout the county at For information, call the Get Covered Illinois help desk at 866-311-1119 – operators are available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. – or visit

Items to bring to appointments include a list of questions, date of birth, social security numbers or legal immigrant documents for those needing coverage, proof of income and information for any employer health plans.

For information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and/or enrollment, call MCDH at 815-334-4510.