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Insurance enrollment assistance available

PRESCOTT - Yavapai Regional Medical Center and Yavapai County Community Health Services are partnering to provide free assistance to those enrolling in medical insurance either through the Health Care Marketplace or through the state Medicaid program.

The open enrollment began on Nov. 1 and goes through Jan. 31, 2016.

The two healthcare organizations will offer certified application counselors to help individuals and families enroll in the programs that suit their circumstances and meet their needs, officials said in a Friday news release.

"Finding health coverage that's right for your family, or for you individually, is a critical decision," said Robbie Nicol, executive director of YRMC's community outreach and philanthropy. "We've heard from many residents who are pleased that two local, trusted healthcare organizations are providing this service at no cost."

"With all of these opportunities, we're hoping that people will avoid the new, higher penalties for not enrolling in coverage," YCCHS spokesman David McAtee said. "We also want folks to take advantage of the important preventive healthcare services available through Health Insurance Marketplace plans."

People who don't enroll for health insurance coverage by the January deadline could be penalized when they pay their 2016 taxes: $695 for every adult and $347.50 for every child, or 2.5 percent of their annual income, whichever is higher. Penalties do not apply for those who get their healthcare through the state welfare system.

Assistance is available at these locations:

YRMC West - Prescott

By appointment:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

928-771-5108

1003 Willow Creek Road

Prescott

YRMC East - Prescott Valley

By appointment:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

928-442-8187 or 928-759-5960

7700 E. Florentine Road

Prescott Valley

YCCHS - Prescott

By appointment:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

928-442-5208

1090 Commerce Drive

Prescott

YCCHS - Prescott Valley

By appointment:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

928-442-5208

3212 Windsong Drive

Prescott Valley

Additionally, YCCHS will host a free Health Insurance Enrollment event on Friday, Nov. 13, 2-7 p.m. at 3212 N. Windsong Drive, Prescott Valley.

Schedule an appointment: 928-442-5208

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