The Mobile County Health Department’s Family Health division will have certified application counselors available from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Nov. 15, at its downtown location, 251 N. Bayou St., to assist people who are uninsured or underinsured who would like to enroll in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act. The 2015 open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, and ends Feb. 15.

“Why wait for Monday, when you can enroll on Saturday?” asked Stephen Murray, a Family Health administrator at the downtown location. “We realize it can be difficult to run errands on weekdays, so we wanted to make it more convenient for residents to enroll for a health insurance plan, by making it available on the weekend.”

Those who enrolled in a 2014 marketplace plan should have benefits until Dec. 31, 2014. To continue health coverage in 2015, participants can renew their health plan or choose a new plan through the marketplace during the open enrollment period. Participants selecting a new plan are asked to review their current application; make sure information, including income level, is up-to-date; compare the plan with others; choose a plan that fits their needs and budget, then enroll during the open enrollment period. Those who don’t have health insurance coverage during 2015 may be subject to a fee when filing income tax returns.

In coming weeks, Family Health will offer a variety of opportunities to assist the community with enrolling in the federal health insurance marketplace. All Family Health locations across Mobile County will have certified application counselors available to assist with the enrollment process during the week. For more information, call 251-445-8632. The and websites, as well as Family Health and MCHD’s Facebook and Twitter pages, will also include enrollment updates as they become available.

Submitted by the Mobile County Health Department