Open Enrollment Ends February 15 – Community Forum Will Help Area Residents

Posted on January 19, 2015 By

Do you still need health insurance? Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ends February 15, 2015. For those who enroll by this date, coverage can begin as soon as March 1. To help area residents with options, Ocean Health Initiatives (OHI), a federally qualified health care center, and Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, Lakewood, are partnering to present a community forum Thursday, January 29, 2015 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Ocean Health Initiatives, 101 Second Street, Lakewood, N.J.

Bilingual Certified Application Counselors (CACs) will be available to describe insurance options under the ACA and help attendees choose a plan that best suits individual and family needs. Experts will also discuss options under Medicaid and Family Care. Qualified staff will also answer questions, explain any changes, and help individuals sign up for health insurance.

For more information, contact Beatriz Patino, the outreach and enrollment coordinator for OHI, at 732-363-6655 Ext. 8364.

About Ocean Health Initiatives
OHI is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) federally qualified health center (FQHC) with locations at 101 Second Street, Lakewood; 301 Lakehurst Road, Toms River; 333 Haywood Road, Manahawkin; Lakehurst Circle Center II, 686 Route 70 Lakehurst; a health center within the Clifton Avenue Elementary School, 625 Clifton Avenue, Lakewood; and a Mobile Medical Unit.

OHI provides comprehensive primary and preventative health care to Ocean County’s insured, uninsured and underinsured populations. A sliding-fee scale is available, based on an individual’s or family’s ability to pay. Services include pediatrics, maternal and child health, prenatal, WIC, universal immunizations, behavioral health, dental, family medicine, internal medicine, OB/GYN, podiatry and social services.

OHI has a bilingual staff available to assist patients and callers. To become a patient of OHI, call 732-363-6655. Visit for further information.

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