Families First Health and Support Center and the Lane Memorial Library have partnered to both help area residents better understand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and provide support and assistance to people who want to enroll for coverage but may be a little uncertain how to do so.
Under the ACA (also known as “Obamacare”) individuals without health insurance or with private insurance will be able to enroll for coverage through the new healthcare exchange marketplace that first went live on October 1, 2014. Subsidies are available through the exchange marketplace for those at 100 percent to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. This means that individuals making between $11,490 and $45,960 and a family of four making between $23,550 and $94,000 will be eligible to receive a subsidy from the federal government that will reduce the cost of the premiums they will have to pay for coverage.
To help explain the impact of these changes and answer questions that people may have, Families First and the Lane Library are sponsoring an informational meeting on Thursday October 17 at 6:00 PM at the Lane Library. Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register.
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Entitled “The Affordable Care Act: What Does it Mean to Me?”, the session will feature representatives of the New Hampshire Department of Insurance and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as representatives from Families First and the Lane Library.
Notes Susan Turner director of the Rockingham County Community Resource Network at Families First, “We are happy that the Lane Memorial Library in Hampton is interested in working with us to ensure that the people of southern Seacoast understand the impact of the bill.”
“The library has been an important resource for members of the community to obtain information and assistance in preparing their taxes for many years now” added Amanda Reynolds Cooper, Director of the Hampton Lane Memorial Library. “We hope to be able to provide that same service to the members of our community when it comes to the ACA. Not only will we have forms and brochures available, but people without access to a computer at home will be able to access on-line information through one of the 12 computers we have available for use by the public.”
“We are also planning to have one of our enrollment coordinators on-site in the library at scheduled times to answer’s people’s questions and offer hands-on assistance,” said Turner.
State Representative Robert “Renny” Cushing and Chris Muns of Hampton and Elaine Ahearn of Hampton, Hampton Falls and Seabrook are helping to organize the event on October 17. “The ACA is changing the way that health insurance is purchased in our state” said Rep Muns. “Representatives Ahearn, Cushing and I are very happy that Families First and the Lane Library are taking the lead to make sure that the community has access to resources and expertise that will help individuals and families successfully navigate these new procedures. We encourage anyone with questions to attend this session on the 17th.”