While the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period has officially closed, you may still qualify for opportunities to change your plan or get health coverage.
Illinois residents that experience a “qualifying life event,” such as having a baby, getting married or losing employer coverage, could qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Remember, you can also apply for Medicaid at any time.
August 2 – August 6
What: Annual 37th Ward Back to School Gospel Festival
Time: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lafollette Park
1333 N Laramie Ave
Chicago, IL 60651
Contact: Casandra Davenport, firstname.lastname@example.org
Why you should go: Access to school essentials and one-on-one time with human resource professionals are just part of the free services available at this exciting back to school bash. Attendees can also speak with trained Navigators to get answers to their health care questions or set up enrollment appointments while enjoying the free food, beverages and live entertainment.
What: 31st National Night Out Against Crime
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: West Lawn Park
4233 West 65th Street
Chicago, IL 60629
Contact: Maria M. Perales, email@example.com
Why you should go: Stand up to crime with the GCI Navigators at the West Lawn Park. This event will provide fun for the whole family with a free showing of The Lego Movie in the park, face painting and food. Navigators will also be on site to provide answers to your health insurance questions and make enrollment appointments. Don’t miss out on this chance to support a good cause and learn more about your coverage options. Arrive early for a chance to receive a free gift bag.
What: 34th Annual Health Fair
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Township of Berwyn
6600 W. 26th St.
Berwyn, IL 60402
Contact: Florencia Carmona, firstname.lastname@example.org
Why you should go: Take control of your health with free blood pressure, oximetry, glucose, height, weight, body mass index, and hemoglobin screenings at this Township of Berwyn health fair. One-on-one assistance from trained GCI Navigators is also available. Learn more about your health and opportunities for coverage. Make plans to attend today!
What: Let’s Get Covered Illinois!
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Kennedy-King College
747 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60621
Contact: Tanga Morris, email@example.com
Why you should go: If you have questions or need enrollment assistance, the Navigators from Metropolitan Family Services can help. Stop by this event to get free assistance exploring your coverage options. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments can be made. Contact Tanga Morris to schedule yours today!
What: Health Coverage Enrollment at the Taxi Facility
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Taxi Facility
2350 W Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
Contact: Rosaura Arrellano, Rosaura.Arellano@elhogardelnino.org
Why you should go: Are you still lacking health coverage? Join Navigators from El Hogar del Nino for free enrollment assistance at the Taxi Facility. These assisters can provide the help you need to sign up for a health plan and start using your coverage. They can also help answer any questions you may have about Special Enrollment Periods, Medicaid and other important health insurance topics. Walk-ins are welcome.
What: Back to School Fair
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Back To School Fair
1033 N Villa Ave
Villa Park, IL 60181
Contact: DuPage County Health Department
Why you should go: Back to school season is in full swing with the DuPage County Health Department. In addition to free Marketplace and Medicaid assistance, this event offers dental screenings for attendees of all ages in addition to school dental and vision exams. Parents attending the school fair need to bring proof of income, proof of address and identification of their children.
If you don’t see an event happening near you, visit www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov/events and search for events in your zip code or contact the Help Desk at (866) 311-1119.