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Monday, March 10, 2014 4:03 PM

PAULDING – With the Health Insurance Marketplace officially open, many uninsured and underinsured members of the community are looking to enroll in a health insurance plan or Medicaid Extension.

To assist individuals in finding a suitable plan, Toledo/Lucas County CareNet along with The Paulding County Carnegie Library, are partnering with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks to offer a free healthcare enrollment event on Mondays at the Paulding County Carnegie Library. Anyone interested in an appointment can call Laurie Ricker at 419-779-8679.

Free application assistance is provided by trained health care Navigators and certified application counselors.

Through the Health Insurance Marketplace set up under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, uninsured and underinsured Ohioans can compare coverage options side-by-side, learn about their eligibility for premium tax credits designed to lower premium costs, and enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP).

Open enrollment will continue through March 31.

For individuals who qualify for Medicaid Extension, their coverage will be back dated to the date of application once processed and approved.

Ohioans can visit www.healthcare.gov to apply for insurance on their own or can visit www.benefits.ohio.gov to apply for Medicaid Extension. Those seeking help with enrolling who are unable to attend can call 1-800-648-1176 or visit www.ohioforhealth.org to find assistance.