ALBANY — A number of community vendors and outreach and enrollment counselors will be at an event taking place this weekend with the goal of increasing awareness about what the health care exchange marketplace under the Affordable Care Act has to offer.
Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is hosting a community Family Day on Front Street and in the Veterans Park Amphitheatre just outside the Albany Civic Center from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.
Officials with AAPHC say that speakers are set to include U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, and Dr. Edward Vance, one of physicians there. The drum lines for Albany High, Dougherty High, Monroe High and Westover High schools will be there providing entertainment. Also there helping to provide family friendly activities will include the Albany Police Department, Albany Fire Department, Dougherty EMS, Chehaw, among others.
The main goal of the event is to help people who need to get connected with the health care exchange insurance application process.
“The main thing is the Affordable Care Act and (increasing) awareness of the open marketplace,” said Clifton Bush, chief operating officer for AAPHC. ” … That’s the main reason for the event, to make everyone aware of the enrollment period.”
The deadline for the current enrollment period is March 31, with the next one opening up in the fall. At the event, there are expected to be three licensed navigators enrolling people and giving out information on the plans available and who to contact.
“(Eligibility) depends on household size and household income,” said Tony McCollough, one of the licensed navigators and outreach and enrollment manager for AAPHC. “(We encourage people) to check to see what they are eligible for themselves.”
While AAPHC has hosted similar events in the past, this is the first one focusing on the Affordable Care Act — and it is open to doing others.
“We would love to come out to do presentations (on the Affordable Care Act) for organizations or churches,” McCollough said. “We want to make sure everyone has opportunity to see what they are eligible for.”
The event is free and open to the public.