Under the Affordable Care Act, within the next year Americans that aren’t enrolled in health insurance run the risk of facing a penalty. Pines Health Services had Certified Application Counselors on hand today at the Northeastland Hotel in Presque Isle to help people without health insurance enroll for Affordable Care. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos reports..
The Affordable Care Act also known as Obamacare was created to make affordable quality health insurance accessible to more Americans. Certified Application Counselors were at the Northeastland on Wednesday to help people enroll.
Pines Health Services Outreach Specialist Yvette Seaman said, “The open enrollment period ends March 31st, but the sooner we can encourage people to apply the sooner their coverage can begin.”
Now enrolling for Affordable Care is something you can do from your own computer, but it’s not as easy as it looks.
Barresi Financial Representative Scott Violette said, “The income questions I think can trip up people sometimes and if you don’t quite get those right it could lead to potential problems down the road where if you get too much of a tax credit today you might end up having to pay some of that back so it’s kind of critical you get that as close as possible.”
Meeting with trained professionals in person can help minimize mistakes, ensure enrollment goes smoothly, and answer questions throughout the process.
“I think a lot of people are confused as to what their options are still, and they don’t know how affordable these plans really can be,” said Seaman.
Outreach Specialists say nearly 300 people from this region of the County have enrolled at this point, and they’re encouraging others to enroll by the 15th of February so their coverage can begin March 1st.
Open enrollment for Obamacare lasts until March 31st. The penalty for people who don’t enroll in healthcare could be either a $95 fine or 1% of total household income.