Sign Up for Health Insurance By January 31st – We Can Help!

maninbrownlaptopSwope Health Services will offer extended hours to help you sign up for health insurance during the ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment period, which ends Jan. 31.

From Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, a member of the SHS Outreach and Enrollment team will be available until 7:30 p.m. on weeknights by appointment only. To make an appointment, call SHS at 816-599-5590.

SHS has Certified Application Counselors (CACs) who can provide information to help you select an insurance plan that meets your needs. The counselors also help you apply for financial assistance, which is based on your projected income and family size.

In this region, approximately 86 percent of people who got coverage in the health insurance marketplace ( qualified for financial assistance to help lower the cost of their health insurance plan.

More than 11.5 million people have already selected a plan for coverage in 2017, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which administers the program.

“We know it might be difficult for some to make it to SHS Central during regular business hours,” said Dr. Karimah Baptiste-Edward, Manager of SHS Outreach and Enrollment. “So, starting Wednesday, Jan. 25, we’ll have extended hours. Make your appointments now!”

SHS Certified Counselors

The SHS Certified Application Counselors are ready to help with your health care insurance enrollment. From left, Janelle Strozier, Dr. Karimah Baptiste-Edward, and Angela Rogers.

When you schedule an appointment, you should plan on spending about an hour with an application counselor. You’ll need to bring your social security number, an income statement, like a paycheck or unemployment benefit, plus I.D.s and dates of birth for everyone who’ll be covered.

In the meeting, your Certified Application Counselor will talk with you about what’s important to you – specific health concerns, medications you’re currently taking, which physicians you want to see–and help you figure out what you can afford before showing you how to sign up for a plan that best fits your needs.


We live with the uncertainty of many things, but Marketplace healthcare insurance can provide support. Call today to schedule an appointment to learn how you can get coverage – 816-599-5590.

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