Genesis the Navigator

August  15, 2013

     One of the hospital groups serving the Quad Cities will help bring the new health care law to residents of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Today the federal government announced grants for what's called "navigator" programs across the country, and one recipient is Genesis Health System.

     Spokesman Craig Cooper says Genesis will receive 260,000 dollars, and use it to hire two navigators who'll spend the next several months educating people about the new law, and helping them choose the right coverage.

     "We felt we're well-positioned to go into the community and help people who are now uninsured get through this process where they have this great opportunity to be insured at affordable rates."

     He says Genesis and the navigators will work with people and small employers in 17 counties in Iowa and Illinois, plus work with a variety of community organizations to get the word out. 

     "If you don't do this - the individual mandate has been ruled legal - so when you do your taxes next year they can actually penalize you for not having any coverage at all."

     Cooper says Genesis and the other navigator programs across the country are going to have to work fast - enrollment under the new health care law starts October 1st, with coverage taking effect on January lst.