Genesis Receives Federal Enrollment Grants
Genesis Health System was awarded two federal grants today to assist in enrolling Quad City area residents in insurance coverage for the 2015-2016 Affordable Care Act enrollment period.
“These grants will help us reinforce our commitment to the communities we serve in making sure they have access to health care coverage,” said Michele Cullen, community health manager, Genesis Health System. “We are excited to get back out in the community for the coming enrollment period and help our neighbors access new coverage options.”
This marks the third consecutive year that Genesis Health System has received federal funds to administrate its enrollment program. The grants help pay for the enrollment assisters, also known as “navigators,” and their work in the community.
Genesis received $118,631 and $79,181 in Iowa and Illinois, respectively. Counties served will be Scott, Clinton, and Jackson in Iowa; and Rock Island and Mercer in Illinois.
Genesis Health System is one of only three organizations in the state of Iowa, one of only seven organizations in Illinois, and the only health care system serving the Quad City area, to receive federal grants to assist in enrollment.
Open enrollment, the period in which most people will qualify to shop for new health coverage plans on the state exchanges, will begin on November 15, 2015 and run until February 15, 2016. Some people who have had a life-changing event – job loss, death, birth in the family are examples -- or who qualify for expanded Medicaid, may not have to wait for the open enrollment period.