Print This Post Print This Post

Elyrians Encouraged to Access Affordable Healthcare

Now Through December 15 for Coverage January 1

The Health Insurance Marketplace is open for business with a new and improved application process, and access to even more providers in Ohio. Elyria residents are encouraged to visit one of the following healthcare enrollment providers or log on to the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov . To find a local assister, view the enrollment providers below or please visit https://connector.getcoveredamerica.org/widget/.  For more USDHHS Region V updates, be sure to follow @HHSRegion5 on Twitter and use the hashtag #GetCovered.

Below is a list of area locations where people can go to get healthcare enrollment assistance. 

December 18:
Enrollment event and Pediatric Immunizations
From 1pm until 4 pm
Elyria City Health District
202 Chestnut St
Elyria, Oh 44035

Regular enrollment locations; register by appointment:
Lorain County General Health District
Takes appointments
9880 Murray Ridge Rd, Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: 440- 322-6367

Lorain County Health & Dentistry
Accepts walk in’s at all their locations

Central Lorain Office
Phone: 440-240-1655
1205 Broadway  Lorain, Ohio 44052

South Lorain Office
Phone: 440-240-1655
3745 Grove Avenue Lorain, Ohio 44055

Elyria Office
Phone: 440 240-1655
412 E. River Street,
Elyria, OH 44035

Mercy Regional Medical Center –
Appointments and walk in’s welcome
Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 4:30 pm
3700 Kolbe Road
Lorain, Ohio

Phone: 440-960-4000

Family Planning Services of Lorain County
602 Leona St.
Elyria, OH 44035
Phone: 440-322-7526
Appointment only
Tuesday and Thursday
from 9 am to 4:30 pm

To help Lorain County residents learn about the resources available to them and how to enroll by Dec. 15 so their healthcare coverage can start Jan. 1, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 5 Director Kathleen Falk visited with Elyria Mayor Holly Brinda and other local officials to share information at the Lorain County Health & Dentistry in Elyria on December 4.

“The facts show that the insurance is very affordable with about 70 percent of the nation who purchased on the Marketplace getting it for $100 or less a month,” said Director Falk. “The process is easier and shorter than it was last year, and there are now 16 providers on the Marketplace in Ohio, which is one of only a few states in the nation to have that many providers.”

“Maintaining one’s health is vitally important to the future of our city. We recognize that not everyone is presently covered in such a way as to protect themselves in the event of illness or injury or even more important, to maintain a healthy life,” said Brinda. “Open enrollment gives citizens an opportunity to secure quality healthcare at an affordable cost.  We encourage all people to sign up for the coverage they need during this opportunity.”

In the first two weeks of open enrollment some 765,135 people selected plans for Marketplace coverage nationally, more than 1 million people spoke with call center representatives, and 5,459,731 unique users visited HealthCare.gov.

“The local health departments along with the community partners have gotten together to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP),” Dave Covell, Lorain County Health Commissioner. “One of the main areas of the CHIP addresses access to care which is directly tied to having health insurance. The Lorain County General Health Districts goal is to get residents the health services they need so that they can live a healthy life.”

“Over 10 million more people have health insurance today than did a year ago,” Falk said. “What a tremendous difference this makes in their lives. But we know there are many more still without—and we are seeing that almost 90 percent of those without insurance do not know that until Feb. 15 they have the opportunity to obtain quality, affordable health care.”