ACA sessions offer answers, assistance on the marketplace exchange
LAKE GENEVA--Have questions about the Affordable Care Act—also known as “Obamacare”? Need a hand navigating the public marketplace for health insurance? Help—in the form of a live person, not a website—is available.
The Walworth County Affordable Health Care Awareness Steering Committee is holding regular sessions where local residents can come to ask questions and get personal assistance in applying for insurance through the marketplace.
Sessions are held Thursdays, October 10 through March 27, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, October 19, November 16, January 18, February 15 and March 15, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the computer lab, Room 620, of Badger High School, 220 E. South St., Lake Geneva.
The lab will not be open on Thanksgiving or during the school's winter break, December 21 through January 5.
Sessions are staffed by marketplace-certified insurance agents and ACA mobilizer volunteers through Volunteer Connections, Inc. Volunteers—who've completed background checks—will be available to answer questions about the insurance marketplace, assist with creating a marketplace account, answer questions about insurance terms and concepts, and offer official resources to help.
The ACA informational labs are on a first-come-first serve basis, but reservations are accepted to guarantee time with an insurance agent or mobilizer. To reserve a time, call (262) 949-2971 or email email@example.com.
There's still confusion on the ACA—particularly concerning the official government website. The Walworth County ACA Awareness Steering Committee says many people are mistakenly getting onto an incorrect website for information.
“Some residents (are seeking)…marketplace information and are being harassed to purchase non-subsidized insurance outside of the marketplace,” the committee press release noted.” We want to remind everyone that the official website and ONLY website to receive tax-credits and cost-sharing is at Healthcare.gov (English) or CuidadoDeSalud.gov (Spanish)… not .com nor .org. Please go to .gov! .GOV! .GOV! .GOV!”