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Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Welcome New In-Person Counselors

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Judith Linarez and Alejandra Pastranos have joined Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital as in-person counselors (IPC) for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as health care reform. The positions were made possible by a grant from the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH).

Judith and Alejandra, both fluent in Spanish, are able to help patients and community members enroll in the marketplace and Medicaid expansion programs. They have four locations to meet with the community including Algonquin, Crystal Lake, McHenry and Barrington.

The county's $500,000, one-year federal grant is provided through the Illinois Department of Public Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The IPCs will help consumers understand coverage options, determine eligibility and enroll in new affordable health insurance plans. Residents may enroll through the marketplace at through March 31, 2014 with coverage beginning as early as Jan. 1, 2014.

The Good Shepherd Hospital IPCs can be contacted by phone at: Judith Linarez 224-622-3144 and Alejandra Pastranos 630-402-1951.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. For the second consecutive year, Good Shepherd has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2012. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit