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December 5, 2013

Get Affordable Care answers at free event

TIFTON — Confused by the Affordable Healthcare Act? Many people are. But you can get answers Monday at a free community lecture, to be held at Tift Regional Community Events Center.

Kim Wyche, health navigator with the University of Georgia Extension Service in Thomas County, will discuss the Act and the Marketplace Exchange.

Navigators are trained to help consumers, small businesses and employees navigate health coverage options in the Marketplace, including completing eligibility and enrollment forms, with no bias to any particular coverage plan or agency.

Register by calling 229-353-6316. The event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m.

December 23 is the last day people can enroll in coverage through one of the government-run exchanges and be sure their covering will begin Jan. 1. Open enrollment, however, will continue through March 31, the date by which all Americans will be required to have health insurance or face a tax penalty.

President Barack Obama has been quoted as saying, “The bottom line is this: this law is working, and will work in the future. People want the stability of health insurance. And we’re going to keep working ot fix whatever problems come up.”

Although many states have faced issues with the Marketplace and with the ACA in general, Georgia is among the states that will benefit most from federal tax credits that will help residents pay for plans in the Marketplace, according to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The tax credits were created as a way to lower costs for those who are uninsured or don’t get affordable coverage through their jobs, the study states.

The events center is adjacent to the Tift County YMCA, located at 1657 Carpenter Road.

To contact editor Angye Morrison, call 382-4321.

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