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Help is Available to Enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Public Health Madison Dane County supports efforts to connect residents to health insurance by spreading the word about opportunities to get coverage when insurance through work isn't an option. Self-employed, part-time workers, early retirees, and entrepreneurs now have affordable options to buy their own insurance through the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace.

People can browse for local plans and enroll on their own using the Health Insurance Marketplace Website www.healthcare.gov. For people with complex health or household situations, unfamiliar with health insurance or without easy access to computers, there are licensed and trained assisters available to provide free in-person help, from answering questions to completing the enrollment process.

Persons still looking for health insurance before the open enrollment period deadline on February 15, can get free help applying at any of the area events below or at the Dane County Job Center (1819 Aberg Ave.) Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, or dial United Way's 2-1-1 helpline for referrals.

Consumers can walk-in for assistance or make appointments by call Covering Kids & Families at (608) 261-1455.

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new directions for phmdc

Chronic disease, preventable injury and mental and emotional well-being have become critical concerns to the social and economic well-being of communities across the country. In response to changing community needs, Public Health Madison & Dane County is responding in kind, investing in what the CDC, the Institutes of Medicine, and major national funding organizations have endorsed as ways to move toward addressing the root causes of illness and disease. This monograph outlines the blend of existing public health functions with new capacity we are building to boost prevention and community well-being over time.

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FLU VACCINE FOR UNINSURED CHILDREN AND ADULTS

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Flu vaccine not only protects you, but also those around you.

Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) has flu vaccine for uninsured children, and for children with Medical Assistance. The supply includes injectable vaccine for children 6 months through 18 years, and nasal vaccine for children 2 through 18 years who do not have chronic health conditions.

Public Health also has injectable flu vaccine for uninsured adults.

Flu immunizations are available by appointment at Public Health Immunization Clinics in Madison, Middleton and Sun Prairie. Call 608-266-4821 for an appointment.

If you have insurance, you should call your regular medical clinic for information on their plans to offer flu shots this season.

Other sources of information about seasonal flu: