Affordable Health Care Enrollment Kick-Off Is Tuesday At Southside Community Health Center

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tuesday is the official date to begin enrollment to apply for health care insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act that goes into full effect on Jan. 1, 2014. An informational on the enrollment process will be held on Tuesday, at the Southside Community Health Center at 100 E. 37th Street from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s event is designed to facilitate efforts to continue to educate the public about the new Health Care Law (including the essential health benefits that must be offered by insurers), what the law means for them, what documentation will be needed during the eligibility determination and enrollment process as well as the assistance available to help navigate the entire process including enrollment sites.

This session will also offer a tutorial on the four categories of marketplace insurance plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum and what to consider when choosing a plan.

The public is encouraged to make use of every opportunity to become informed and to sign up early. Open enrollment will end March 31, 2014. There are 50,000 residents of Hamilton County who are uninsured.

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