BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a news release from the Gallatin City County Health Dept.

As the March 31st deadline to sign up for health insurance nears, help is available for families and individuals in Gallatin County who want to enroll in a plan through the new insurance Marketplace. The Montana Primary Care Association, Community Health Partners, Gallatin City-County Health Department, Gallatin Mental Health Center, Bozeman HRDC, and Bozeman Public Library are teaming up to hold a series of enrollment assistance sessions for the public. At each session, Navigators and Certified Application Counselors will be available to answer questions and walk community members through the enrollment process, helping them understand their insurance options and sign up for a plan that meets their needs.

The Marketplace is where Montanans can shop for qualified health insurance plans and receive financial assistance to purchase insurance. Thus far, 85 percent of Montanans who have bought plans through the Marketplace have qualified for this assistance.

Health care reform requires that all plans sold through the Marketplace cover essential medical care like doctor visits, preventive screenings, hospital stays, mental health, and prescription drugs. The plans must be available to all Montanans; no one will be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

Those needing insurance are encouraged to visit www.healthcare.gov or call a certified application counselor today. “The sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you will have health coverage in case the unexpected happens,” said Matt Kelley of the Gallatin City-County Health Department. “If you are uncertain of how to enroll, call to schedule an appointment with one of the assisters – they can help walk you through the process so you get an affordable plan that meets your needs.”

March 31 is the last day uninsured Montanans will have to buy individual health insurance this year. The enrollment process can sometimes take longer than expected, so it’s recommended that people start early.

To schedule an appointment, call the Health Department at 582-3100, Option 1. There is no cost for an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The scheduled sessions are as follows:
Monday, March 24: Bozeman Public Library (626 E Main, Bozeman), 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Tuesday, March 25: Bozeman Public Library, 10 am – 8 pm

Friday, March 28: CHP Dental Clinic (120 N 19th, Suite H, Bozeman), 8 am – 4 pm

Friday, March 28: Three Forks Library (607 Main St, Three Forks), 1 pm – 5 pm

Friday, March 28: Bozeman HRDC (32 South Tracy Ave, Bozeman), 6 pm – 9 pm

Saturday, March 29: Bozeman Deaconess Health Fair (915 Highland Blvd), 7 am – 1 pm

Saturday, March 29: Belgrade Library (106 N Broadway, Belgrade), 11 am – 5 pm

Saturday, March 29: Bozeman HRDC, 6:30 pm – 9 pm

Sunday, March 30             1 pm – 5 pm                           Bozeman Public Library

Sunday, March 30             6 pm – 9 pm                           Bozeman HRDC

Monday, March 31           10 am – 8 pm                        Bozeman Public Library

 The Montana Primary Care Association is the network of Montana’s community health centers, serving our communities with primary care regardless of an individual’s income or insurance status.