VNS of Iowa hosting health insurance enrollment assistance at MP library

DES MOINES ? Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa (VNS of Iowa) is hosting enrollment events to provide assistance to individuals enrolling in the health insurance marketplace, which is open through Dec. 15. Professionally trained and licensed health insurance marketplace navigators will serve as in-person resources for Iowans needing assistance with the health insurance marketplace. Additional events will be posted at as they are scheduled.

An enrollment event will be at the Mt. Pleasant Public Library on Nov. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Burlington Public Library on Nov. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Appointments are strongly encouraged, and may be made by calling 515-288-1516. Walk-ins will be accepted; however, due to high demand, walk-ins will likely be rescheduled for a later date.

Navigators estimate the enrollment process will take about one and a half hours, provided individuals bring all necessary documentation. If you are looking to enroll, bring your social security number or document number for legal immigrants; birth date; employer and income information for every member of the household needing coverage; policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household; and information about any health insurance available from your employer.

Those eligible for Medicaid and Hawk-i may apply at any time of the year and are not restricted to qualifying events outside of the open enrollment period. VNS of Iowa also offers in-person application assistance for these programs, and in-person interpreters may be available as well. Regular checkups, immunizations, doctor and dentist visits, hospital care, mental health services, prescriptions and more are covered. Appointments for assistance enrolling in Hawk-i may be made by calling 515-558-6243.

While the uninsured rate has fallen to the lowest level on record, there are still many Americans who remain uninsured and experience health and financial hardships resulting from lack of coverage. A key reason people remain uninsured is that they don?t know about the options that exist to help them obtain coverage. Experts continue to find that nearly half of uninsured adults are unaware of the financial assistance available to help pay for health insurance, even though about 85 percent of Marketplace-eligible uninsured Americans could qualify for financial help.

Since 1908, VNS of Iowa has been providing supportive health care and social services to the community?s most vulnerable populations. They offers home visits, family support, health care, parent education, transportation, flu immunizations and other services. VNS of Iowa is part of the nonprofit community organization, HCI Care Services and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. For more information, call 515-288-1516 or visit VNS of Iowa is also on Facebook and Twitter.