Monday, October 28, 2013

Health Dept., League of Women Voters to offer public meetings on Affordable Care Act Oct. 28, 29

HOUGHTON -- Understanding the Affordable Care Act, also know as Obamacare is the topic of two  public meetings sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country and the Western UP Health Department. Answers to questions such as who is eligible, what is covered, what does it cost and how to enroll will be addressed.

Meetings will be at CLK High School Commons at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Monday, Oct. 28, and at Houghton High School Multi-purpose room, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Ray Sharp, manager of community planning and preparedness at Western U.P. Health Department, will give an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), explain the new health insurance plans available through the ACA Marketplace and Medicaid Expansion, and demonstrate step-by-step how to enroll for coverage at the web site.

Sharp will also answer questions on all aspects of the new law, including the various qualified health plans available in our area, subsidies that will lower the cost of insurance for many Copper Country residents, and tax penalties for non-participation.

Western U.P. Health Department is a federally designated Certified Application Counselor agency, which means that people can contact the health department office in Hancock at 482-7382 to speak to an application counselor or to make an appointment for enrollment assistance.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

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