Get help with healthcare signup at library

Ben May Library (Courtesy: Mobile Public Library Facebook page)
Ben May Library (Courtesy: Mobile Public Library Facebook page)

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – With the deadline to enroll for health insurance only a few weeks away, consumers with questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), can still get local help in enrolling.

Consumers can get that help at the Ben May Public Library in downtown Mobile Thursday, March 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

People who have questions about the ACA, its benefits, and the penalties for not signing up by March 31, can have their questions answered. They can also meet with “Navigators” and other enrollment counselors who offer free assistance in the enrollment process.

The ACA requires everyone to either get health insurance, or get a hardship exemption, by March 31. People are required to have insurance by then, either through work, a government plan like Medicare or Tricare, or by enrolling on their own.

Penalties for people who do not get insurance or an exemption will be assessed on their 2014 taxes. All Alabamians can get now comprehensive health insurance, and most of the uninsured qualify for a reduced premium.

More information is available on the Mobile Public Library website homepage, http://www.mplonline.org, or by contacting Henry Brewster at 251-338-0630.

People can enroll directly at www.healthcare.gov, call 1-800-318-2596, or find a personal enrollment counselor through the website.

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