La Grange organization helping insure thousands in Lyons, Proviso townships under Obamacare
LA GRANGE – A La Grange organization has been given the difficult task of reaching thousands of uninsured who are eligible for new federally mandated health insurance.
Community Nurse Health Center recently received two grants – one state and one federal – totaling $224,000 that it will use to reach uninsured residents mainly within Lyons and Proviso Townships. The goal is to make them aware of new insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, which President Barack Obama signed into law in 2010 as the biggest expansion of government healthcare since Medicare and Medicaid were introduced in 1965.
The law intends to make health care more affordable and requires that all citizens apply for health insurance. But a recent survey showed that 60 to 80 percent of those eligible in Illinois aren’t aware of the new law, said Angela Curran, Community Nurse’s CEO.
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