FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2014
HILLSIDE, Ill. – Proviso Township Mental Health Commission (PTMHC) has partnered with Loyola University Health System (LUHS) to reach out to residents in Maywood and Melrose Park to offer help understanding and enrolling in the new health care program, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Door hangers will be distributed providing residents with basic information about where to turn for help.
“We know there are residents in Maywood and Melrose Park whose health and well-being will be enormously improved if we can get them to enroll in insurance or Medicaid,” said PTMHC Executive Director Jesse D. Rosas. “Our ‘assisters’ are trained and certified and can be trusted.”
The PTMHC and lead agency Healthcare Alternative Systems won a state grant to help enroll residents in either Obamacare or Medicaid. Because PTMHC already has trained assisters, the new partnership with Loyola will make it easier for uninsured patients to learn more about the Affordable Care Act.
“One of the main things that people tell us when they contact PTMHC is that they didn’t know where to turn for more information on the new law,” said Rosas.
LUHS is supporting the program to help educate the community and its patients who may be uninsured or uninformed about the Affordable Care Act. “Some people may not realize that there is a tax penalty if you don’t register by March 31,” said Armand Andreoni, Director of Community Benefit, at LUHS. “This penalty doesn’t apply to everyone but we want people to know and how they can get information and assistance.”
The door hangers will be distributed in Maywood and Melrose Park this month. They will include basic information, a phone number, an email address, how to schedule an appointment and what documents will be required.
“We’ve learned that making an appointment first makes a big difference,” said PTMHC Board President and Township Supervisor Michael Corrigan. “We want to make the process as user-friendly as possible.”