For release: March 3, 2014
Amy Kilgore 330.344.6014, email@example.com
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Akron General, in partnership with Get Covered America, will host an Affordable Care Act Enrollment event on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Akron General Medical Center’s Conference Center Auditorium, 1 Akron General Ave. (formerly 400 Wabash Ave.), Akron. Free, unbiased, certified enrollment assisters will be available to assist individuals in enrolling in quality, affordable health coverage through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Nine out of 10 uninsured people will qualify for financial assistance to purchase private insurance or free Medicaid. Under Medicaid expansion, individuals or families with a household income up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty level are now eligible to apply for Medicaid. The event is free, but space is limited so please RSVP to 330-344-2462 or at getcoveredamerica.org. If you are unable to attend and need assistance with enrollment, please call Summit County Public Health at 330-923-4891. The last day to sign up for health insurance and avoid a tax penalty is March 31.
Beginning March 4, Akron General Medical Center will have a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) based onsite to assist patients and others with the Health Insurance Exchange and Expanded Medicaid. The CACs are from Summit County Public Health and have been trained to help Ohioans apply for coverage by providing information and facilitating enrollment in Qualified Health Plans and insurance affordability programs. Their training ensures that they comply with privacy and security laws and other program standards. CACs will be available at Akron General Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Center, 1 Akron General Ave., Akron, first floor, registration window #5, on March 4 and 18 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the Medical Center’s main lobby on March 12 and 27 from 4-8 p.m.
About Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Cleveland Clinic Akron General is a nonprofit healthcare organization that has been improving the health and lives of the people and communities it serves since 1914. Akron General serves as the hub for Cleveland Clinic’s Southern Region and includes a 532-registered-bed teaching and research medical center in downtown Akron; Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation; Akron General Partners, which includes Partners Physician Group; three Health & Wellness Centers; Lodi Hospital; Visiting Nurse Service; and Akron General Foundation. Recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked Akron General Medical Center as the ninth best hospital in Ohio. For more information, visit akrongeneral.org.
About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.