The Affordable Health Care Act will require individuals and families to carry health insurance by January 1 of next year or face a penalty.
But the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center has offered to help folks navigate the changing health care landscape.
A brand new Health Insurance Services Center is now open at the Mishawaka hospital. Located right next to their coffee shop, it is described as having a “Starbucks and Apple Store feel.”
Hospital officials say they tried to create a comfortable place for the public to learn about the best options for their family.
It’s a free service to help you understand a 1,300-page law.
And this year, an estimated 15,000 northern Indiana residents can benefit from checking out their health care options for 2014 and beyond.
“We're going to continue to enroll as many citizens in the state of Indiana as we possibly can into programs that are rightly theirs along with all the subsidies that go with them,” Albert L. Gutierrez, the president and CEO of the medical center.
The health insurance services center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The experts there will provide you with a free consultation and, come October 1, they can help you sign up for health insurance too.
They will also assist those with Medicaid and Medicare.
Another insurance center at the hospital’s Plymouth campus is already in the works.