CMC offers final ACA seminar
by Mark Andrews
Mar 26, 2014 | 1013 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cartersville Medical Center will offer a final free seminar before the March 31 deadline for Affordable Care Act enrollment, led by Cartersville resident and federal and state-certified navigator Jennifer Lunk. To be held Thursday at 6 p.m. in Classroom 2 at CMC, Lunk said the goal of the seminar is to better inform Cartersville residents of the requirements and choices available through the Affordable Care Act.

“We kind of go over, like it or not, this is the law. You have to have insurance at this point, it’s not whether or not they’re going to get rid of it, we’ve only got a few more days and it’s so important people come in [and get information],” Lunk said.

For example, Lunk will go over the 10 essential health benefits that are in qualified health plans and the effective date for individual plans.

“... [I’ll talk about] why the marketplace is such a unique aspect of the Affordable Care Act and why it’s important to go ahead and sign up or at least put in an application just to make sure that if you can get tax credits and cost sharing, then you can apply for that to help with the premiums per month,” Lunk said. “Then if in case things might not be affordable, then you can get an exemption through the marketplace so that you won’t have to worry about the fines next year that will be incurred on your taxes and I think that’s a big concern for people ...”

According to a press release from CMC, “Lunk can help individuals find out if they qualify for lower cost coverage, explain choices and choose the insurance plan that is best for the individual and his/her family.”

The seminar is a continuation of offerings which began March 11.

“I had only expected a few people, four to six at the most, but actually 17 showed up,” Lunk said of the first seminar. “Some of them signed up and actually will have some insurance coming in starting April 1 and some of them were able to get exemptions from being fined for not having insurance, which is just part of the package.

“Questions were asked about when does it start, what will it take care of and even though that’s in part of the presentation I will do, we were just kind of going over things to make sure they understood.”

For those who cannot attend the seminar, Lunk proposes individuals visit her office at CMC by appointment by calling 770-382-1530, ext. 1198. Registration is encouraged for the free seminar. To register, call 800-242-5662.

Lunk also offers consultation for enrollment assistance. For more information or to schedule an appointment for enrollment assistance, call 770-382-1530, ext. 1198.