City to Hold Health Insurance Marketplace Education and Enrollment Seminars

Monday, October 14, 2013

The City of Virginia Beach will conduct four seminars in October and November to educate citizens about the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace, and to assist them with enrollment.  The seminars are free and open to the public.  They are a collaborative effort between the Departments of Public Health, Human Services and Libraries.

 

Following is information about the seminars.  Citizens may come at any time during these three-hour sessions to apply and enroll in the Marketplace.  Educational briefs will be conducted every hour, on the hour for those needing more information.  A certified application counselor will be on hand at every seminar.

 

Sat​urday

Oct. 26

Joint Use Library

1700 College Crescent

Bldg. L (corner of S. Rosemont Rd. & Faculty Blvd.)

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Education Briefs:  Noon, 1 & 2 p.m.

Tuesday

Oct. 29

Kempsville Library

832 Kempsville Road

Noon – 3 p.m.

Education Briefs: Noon, 1 & 2 p.m.

Wednesday

Oct. 30

Meyera E. Oberndorf

Central Library

4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Education Briefs:  5, 6 & 7 p.m.

Thursday

Nov. 14

Pungo-Blackwater Library

916 Princess Anne Road

 

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Education Briefs: 5, 6 & 7 p.m.

 

The Marketplace is a new way to find and buy health coverage that fits an individual’s budget and meets their needs.  Anyone interested can apply and enroll for coverage at www.healthcare.gov. This site also provides information about the types of coverage available, answers questions, and informs the user about services provided and how to customize the options to meet their individual needs.   Coverage can begin as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Citizens may also call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).

 

Achieving healthcare coverage for all Americans is an important element of the ACA.  Currently, 12% or 845,000 of Virginians are uninsured.  Starting in 2014, most people must have health insurance or pay a fee.

 

When preparing to apply citizens should:

 

·     Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)

·     Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (for example, from pay stubs or W-2 forms – Wage and Tax Statements)

·     Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household.

·     A completed Employer Coverage Tool (can be obtained at www.healthcare.gov) for every job-based plan you or someone in your household is eligible for.

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