Monday, November 06, 2017
by Sean Grove
BJC, MH | Memorial Hospital Belleville welcomed U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin Oct. 27 for a news conference emphasizing the Affordable Care Act’s Open Enrollment. The enrollment period, which began Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15, will be six weeks shorter this year than in previous years.
“Memorial Hospital in Belleville combined with Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh will, in 2017, treat more than 16,000 inpatients and see more than 85,000 patients in its two emergency departments,” said Mark Turner, president of Memorial Regional Health Services. “While we take care of all who come through our doors, regardless of ability to pay, those lacking insurance coverage may not seek care when they need it.”
Robert Garner, DO, a family medicine physician with Memorial Medical Group, also gave remarks during the news conference. “Insurance is a pathway to primary care,” he said. “This pathway helps reduce unnecessary emergency department visits and is better for patients.”
Durbin also noted the debate in Washington, D.C., around repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He said he prefers efforts, such as those by Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray, seeking bi-partisan solutions aimed at stabilizing and improving the Affordable Care Act, rather than its dismantling.
The news conference was held in Memorial Hospital’s Orthopedic and Neuroscience Building.
BJC has marketplace counselors who can assist patients and the public in navigating the insurance marketplace. For more information, call 855-747-4994 or visit www.bjc.org/marketplace. To compare plans, determine eligibility or seek further assistance, you can also visit www.healthcare.gov or www.getcovered.illinois.gov.
Sean Grove, email@example.com
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