There’s insurance enrollment help in Macon Thursday

Staff reportMarch 12, 2014 

Middle Georgians have fewer than three weeks to sign up for private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, and an “enrollment blitz” in Macon Thursday can help those who haven’t done so yet.

Central Georgia Health System will host the session at Central Georgia Home Health, 3780 Eisenhower Parkway, from 8:30 a.m. till 7 p.m.

A trained health insurance navigator and certified application counselors will be available to help those who attend to find health care coverage that fits their budgets and meets their health care needs, according to a release. Those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions and process their application for enrollment.

Those who attend should bring their Social Security number (eligible immigrants may bring their document numbers); employer and income information for everyone in the family (for example, pay stubs, W-2 forms or wage and tax statements); policy numbers for any current health insurance; and information about any job-related health insurance that may be available.

Those with computer access should also have a valid email address and know their username and password.

To obtain coverage through the marketplace for 2014, those who need insurance must enroll by March 31. Those who do not enroll by then will have to wait until open enrollment in October to apply for coverage that will be effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Almost a million people signed up for private health insurance in February, federal officials said this week. That brought the total to date to 4.2 million, but it left the Obama administration far short of its original goal, with just weeks to go before the end of the open enrollment period.

There was a slow start to sign-ups because of technical problems that hampered the federal insurance marketplace in October and much of November.

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