Kent-Ionia Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class

KICLC partners with Working America to connect workers with quality health coverage

GRAND RAPIDS November 25, 2015– Individuals and families looking to purchase health insurance on the Healthcare Marketplace for 2016 have until January 31 to find the right plan. But while the Affordable Care Act hasWorkingAmericaMap_0 definitely made insurance more affordable for millions of Americans, finding just the right plan– and dealing with insurance companies– can still be overwhelming.

That’s why the Kent-Ionia Labor Council and Working America (AFL-CIO) have partnered up this fall to help west Michiganders find a health plan that works for them, and we’ve launched a new website to help.

To be covered on January 1, 2016, you’ll need to sign up for a plan by December 15. Open enrollment, however, continues through January 31. People that sign up before January 15 will start their coverage on February 1. Any new sign-ups or changes taking place between January 16 and January 31 will go into effect on March 1.

Anyone currently enrolled in a plan on the marketplace for the current year will be re-enrolled in their existing plan if they do nothing by December 15.

Click here to shop for your plan at

Do you feel overwhelmed when shopping for health insurance? Confused by the lingo? Unsure of whether you even qualify for financial help? How do you make sure you’re selecting the right plan for you and your family, knowing you may be stuck with your choice for a year? With tens of thousands of health plans available in the market today, we get it and want to help you make the best decision.

Through Working America Health Care, you can expect personalized, unbiased support before, during, and AFTER plan enrollment. Our goal is make sure you have a good experience with whichever health insurance plan you select.

  • Learn all you need to know about the new world of today’s health care options.
  • Obtain useful tips on how to shop for the right plan including what to look for, what questions to ask, and more.
  • Connect with unbiased licensed agents who are on standby to work with you one-on-one to shop, compare and find the right plan for you and your family.
  • Have access to discounts on dental and vision care.

By enrolling in a qualified health plan through the Working America Health Care program, you’ll also be given your own personal healthcare advocate, who will be available year-round to help you navigate through your medical care and insurance. Your health advocate will be able to help you:

  • Coordinate all care and appointments;
  • Answer questions about coverage;
  • Understand benefits and insurance plan details;
  • Recommend and find the right providers/hospitals;
  • Explain conditions and treatments through Nurse Helpline;
  • Untangle medical bills and, as appropriate, resolve claims.

Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, brings together millions of people to advocate for strong communities and an economy that works for everyone. As part of Working America, working people get a chance to be heard in the political debate and make positive changes in their communities. And through the past decade, expanding access to health care has been one of their top priorities. Tens of thousands of Working America members have taken action on health care. And through their letters and phone calls, they’ve helped win health care reform.

Now, Working America, along with the KICLC, is making sure that everyone can make the most of the newly-available health care benefits and get the coverage they need.

If you have questions about this Working America Healthcare program, please email Steve Veldheer at


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Kent-Ionia Labor Council

The Kent-Ionia Labor Council, AFL-CIO is a coalition of west Michigan labor unions in Kent and Ionia Counties, based in Grand Rapids.

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918 Benjamin NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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