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A local politician is hosting a health insurance and wellness fair.

Local residents interested in learning about their options to purchase a health care plan on the Get Covered Illinois marketplace or finding out whether they are eligible for Medicaid are invited to attend a free Health Insurance & Wellness Fair from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7.

The event will be held at the Fox Valley Community Center and sponsored by State Representative David Welter and State Representative Tom Demmer. The Community Center is located at 1406 Suydam Road in Sandwich. Representatives from the Illinois Department of Insurance, Get Covered Illinois and other agencies will be on-hand to inform attendees of their health insurance options, including Medicaid and private plans.

Area hospitals and other local healthcare organizations will also be on site to offer guides, free brochures and consultation on the medical services they offer. Some will offer FREE health screenings as well. The open enrollment period for individuals wanting to purchase health insurance through HealthCare.gov runs from November 1st through December 15th. For questions or more information, call Welter’s office at (815) 416 -1475