CHICAGO-Residents of Chicago’s West Side will have the opportunity Saturday to enroll in the health insurance marketplace, apply for Medicaid services, and obtain free health screenings at the “West Side Gets Covered for a Stronger Mind and Body Day”, presented by State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, Get Covered America, Hartgrove Hospital, Loretto Hospital, Cook County Health and Hospitals System and other community partners. The event is being held at Hartgrove Hospital from 11:00 AM until 1 PM.

Along with help enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace and linking residents with health services, Get Covered America is presenting its bilingual “Health Insurance 101” series, which will serve as a free educational opportunity for West Side consumers to receive information about health insurance coverage and the Affordable Care Act. Attendees will learn about all aspects of health insurance coverage, including:

  • Health insurance tutorial: Explanations and clarifications of health insurance terms like deductibles, premiums and co-pays
  • How to use your health insurance once you have it: Getting the type of care you need and finding a doctor within your network
  • Affordable Care Act basics: What the new health care law means, affordable plans available for you and your family
  • Next steps: How to get enrolled during the next open enrollment period and how to access the free in-person enrollment assistance that’s available throughout the West Side.

In addition to free in-person enrollment assistance and health services, the event will feature free food and raffle contests.

What: “West Side Gets Covered for a Stronger Mind and Body Day”

Who: State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, Get Covered America, Hartgrove Hospital, 

Loretto Hospital, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Bobby Wright Behavioral Health Center, Westside Health Authority, West Suburban Hospital, PCC Community Wellness, Circle Family Healthcare Network, Lawndale Christian Health Center, Cook County Health and Hospitals System 

When: Saturday, December 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. (attendees have the option of arriving at 10:30 a.m. for registration and a free continental breakfast). Get Covered America’s bilingual “Health Insurance 101” presentations will take place at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Where: Hartgrove Hospital, 5730 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60644

To RSVP: Audrey Carl, 312-350-2195