Final push on for 2014 healthcare enrollment
Champions of Change, navigators, elected officials and others are making their final outreach efforts to sign up people for the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchanges by the March 31 deadline. After the deadline, Americans without health care plans must pay a penalty.
Enroll America, a nonprofit led by Obama campaign veterans, is staging more than 3,000 events across the country with the help of the Service Employees International Union and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Locally, several Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment sessions are scheduled to assist people. DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson is one elected official who is hosting sessions to assist people.
“I am sponsoring these enrollment events around District 3 for residents who are uninsured, under-insured or have questions. Trained navigators will be on site to assist with enrollment and to answer questions,” said Johnson.
This year, the penalty for not enrolling is $95 per adult and $47.50 per child with a maximum of $285 per household – or one percent of income, whichever is greater. The income calculation is based on one percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) that exceeds your personal exemption and standard deduction.
For example, if you are married, filing jointly and your AGI is $50,000, less the standard deduction of $20,000, the penalty would be assessed on $30,000. So a one percent penalty would equal $300.
Health Insurance enrollees should bring their Social Security Numbers, employer and income information and any policy numbers for any current health insurance plans and completed employer coverage. For more information on requirements, visit www.healthcare.gov. 404-371-2425.
Enroll America organizers will host the Get Covered America Health event in South DeKalb at the Brook Glen Subdivision Clubhouse, 3780 Brown Drive, Decatur. Volunteers will assist those who need help with enrollment,
March 8, 15
DeKalb Commissioner Larry Johnson will host an Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment sessions on Saturday, March 8, and March 15. The March 8 session will be held noon – 2 p.m., at the Gresham Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta. The March 15 session will be held 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Midway Recreation Center, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur.
Kathleen Connors of Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health and certified insurance navigators will provide registration assistance. Call 678-545-8641 to schedule an appointment and notify those providing assistance if you need language interpretation.
Tuesdays, March 18 and 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursdays, March13, 20 and 27, noon to 5 p.m.
Saturdays, March 8 and 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston. 404-508-7175.
Wednesdays, March 12 and 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Health Insurance Marketplace Assistance. Health Navigator Tammie Peterson with Jewish Family and Career Services, Connecting Georgians to Coverage, will provide Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment assistance in the Decatur Library Meeting Room, ground floor. The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030. To schedule an appointment, call 770-677-9413.
Stephen Bailey with the University of Georgia Health Navigators Program will provide information about how the Health Insurance Marketplace can help you. No registration required for the information session.
Enrollment assistance, with advance registration, will be provided from 2:45-3:45 p.m. Space is limited. Call or visit the branch to register for enrollment assistance following the information session. Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library, 1282 McConnell Drive, Decatur. 404-679-4404.
Alecia Distion with the Center for Black Women’s Wellness will provide information about how the Health Insurance Marketplace can help you. No registration required. Flat Shoals Library, 4022 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur. 404-244-4370.
Stephen Bailey with the University of Georgia Health Navigators Program will provide information about how the Health Insurance Marketplace can help you. No registration required for the information session, which is from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Enrollment assistance, with advance registration, will be provided from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Space is limited. Call or visit the branch to register for enrollment assistance following the information session. Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., N.E., Atlanta 30319. 404-848-7140.