Sparks Regional Medical Center offers free assistance to those in search of coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Through the Open Enrollment period, Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, appointments may be made with the hospital’s certified assisters in the Eligibility Screening Services office by calling (479) 441-5662.

The office is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. The following items will be helpful for each member of a household during a visit: Proof of income such as a pay stub or tax statements; valid photo identification; and Social Security numbers.

The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, and this year’s open enrollment marks the fifth annual campaign to extend health-care coverage to citizens who would otherwise be uninsured. More than 12.2 million people enrolled in Marketplace plans for 2017.