HILLSIDE – The Illinois Department of Public Health has selected the Proviso Township Mental Health Commission (PTMHC) as one of 44 organizations that will help Illinois residents enroll in new federally mandated health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
The commission will partner with Chicago-based Healthcare Alternative Systems (HAS) to hire and train counselors who will seek out residents in the Chicago area and help them enroll. The organizations received a $600,000 grant for the project.
“This is a great opportunity for us to reach out to those who have historically not qualified for insurance and to help those who are currently uninsured," said Jesse D. Rosas, PTMHC executive director, in a news release.
Outreach to educate residents about the new insurance will begin in August, with an emphasis on reaching the uninsured, those eligible for subsidized coverage, non-English speakers and the disabled, elderly and mentally ill.
Enrollment in the new insurance program, known as the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, will begin Oct. 1.
Coverage will start Jan. 1, 2014.
La Grange-based Community Nurse Health Center was also selected to help administer the new insurance.