Madison County: Five days left to apply for ACA health coverage

March 25, 2014 

The Affordable Care Act Marketplace will close its open enrollment period on March 31, and help is available from the Madison County Health Department.

To enroll in a health plan on the marketplace, individuals may go to, call the federal hotline at (800) 318-2596, or use an in-person counselor from the health department.

After March 31, residents will not be able to enroll until November unless a qualifying life event takes place, such as marriage, a major income change or the birth of a child. Enrollment for Medicaid the expanded "adult ACA" programs will continue, for people who meet income guidelines.

For example: a single person making less than $16,105 or a family of four making less than $32,913 will qualify. More information about adult ACA can be found at or by calling the health department at 296-6098.

Counselors are available at the health department's offices at 101 E. Edwardsville Road, Wood River from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Residents who are unsure if they qualify, have specific questions or would like to schedule an appointment should call Kara Hughes at 296-6098 or email

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