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Affordable Care Act workshop to be held in Albany Saturday

Albany residents to receive help in applying for health insurance coverage

ALBANY — Additional help is on the way to Albany for those who need help navigating health care marketplace exchanges.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center, Albany residents have the opportunity to learn more about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and receive assistance with online enrollment in a health insurance plan during free health care assistance workshops.

Coordinators say the workshops will be facilitated by Phoebe Putney Health System in partnership with Seedco, the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation. At the workshop, certified health navigators are expected to assist attendees with evaluating their eligibility, informing them of available subsidies, comparing options to identify the plan that best meets their health care needs and fits their budget as well as providing assistance with using the system’s computers to enroll in one of the new marketplace exchange insurance plans.

Both individuals and small business owners will receive information and assistance with applying for health insurance through the marketplace exchanges created under the ACA, coordinators of the event say. Translated materials will be available for non-English speaking individuals.

To receive assistance with enrollment, officials say attendees must bring verification of income and social security number for household members.

Other opportunities to take part in the workshops include 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 1 at the Worth County Board of Education cafeteria at 103 Eldridge St. in Sylvester, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on March 1 at Randolph County Library at 200 E. Pearl St. in Cuthbert and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 8 at the Staley Middle School cafeteria at 915 N. Lee St. in Americus.

The deadline to apply for coverage is March 31. Information about the health plans is available by calling 1-855-899-6092 or at www.healthcare.gov.