The drive to register people and small businesses under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, is getting underway with workshops explaining the program, how to sign up and to determine eligibility.The Syosset Library is hosting one of these workshops on Oct. 23 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Assemb. Chuck Lavine, members of the Nassau/Suffolk
Hospital Council and the Community Service Society will discuss options available to residents. Admission is free, but space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 516-676-0050 to register.
Topics to be addressed include:
- The new healthcare rules and regulations
- How the ACA will impact you
- Protecting your rights under the law
- Financial assistance
- Strategies for acquiring quality and affordable health care coverage
- Connecting you with the health care and health insurance plans best suited to your needs
- Where to get additional information
Residents can assess the available health-insurance plans at www.coverage4healthcare.com, and begin signing up Oct. 1 for coverage that would begin in January.
Visit www.healthcare.gov the federal government's website, where you can get general information and sign up for e-mail or text updates.
Call the federal Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users can call 1-844-889-4325.
Visit www.healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov, New York State's health insurance marketplace. Small businesses and individuals use exchanges to compare insurance options, calculate costs and select coverage online, in person, over the phone or by mail. Exchanges can also help determine residents' eligibility for such health care programs as Medicaid.
For a list of local workshops where you can get one-on-one enrollment assistance, go to www.coverage4healthcare.com.