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Please share with residents in your communities: Apply For No-Cost Health Insurance Through CountyCa

Press release are from Cook County Board Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy…

Cook County Board Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy (6th District) is sponsoring events to help people apply for CountyCare at two resource fairs.  Flyers are available to download and distribute here: CountyCare English flyer or  CountyCare June 26-27 SPANISH – FINA.

WHAT: Cook County Board Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy (6th District) is hosting two resource fairs in Palos Hills and Chicago Heights, Ill., where Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), Access Community Health Network, and Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center and Health Center will provide information and assist people who want to apply for the new no-cost health insurance program called CountyCare.

Once a CountyCare member, people are not required to pay for covered services, including routine doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription drugs, laboratory and x-ray services, mammograms, mental health services, public transportation, and other services. Uninsured or underinsured adults between ages of 19 and 64 are encouraged to visit the resource fairs to learn more about CountyCare and fill out an application if eligible.

To qualify, you must live in Cook County, be 19-64 years of age without dependents at home, have a Social Security number and be a legal immigrant for at least 5 years or a U.S. citizen. Yearly income must be below $15,282 for an individual or $20,628 per couple. You must not be receiving or eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or CHIP.

To apply, please bring one of each of the following items:

Proof of Identity: Driver’s license Government issued picture ID U.S. passport

Proof of Legal Status (for Non-Citizens only): Form I-94 arrival-departure form Permanent resident card Alien registration card Green card Other immigration document with picture and A-Number

Proof of Cook County Address: Utility bill Rent receipt/lease agreement Illinois drivers license or state identification card Other residency proof

Proof of Income (last 30 days): Pay stubs Employee statement Unemployment document Social Security, DHS, etc.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

PRICE: Both fairs are free to the public.

WHERE: June 26: Moraine Valley Community College, Building M, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills, IL 60465 June 27: Prairie State College, Conference Center Room #1315, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights, IL 60411

BACKGROUND: CountyCare is a new Illinois Medicaid program. Patients choose a primary care site from participating local hospitals and healthcare sites throughout the county, including Cook County Health and Hospitals System locations.The patient is assigned a doctor, nurse, social worker and medical assistant to manage their health care through a new Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model.

The CountyCare program was approved under the federal government’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver, which permits CCHHS to early-enroll 115,000 individuals who will be eligible for Medicaid in 2014 through the Affordable Care Act.

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