Inter-lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP) will be hosting an informational session on the Affordable Health Care Act on Wednesday, February 12th, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Dell Rapids. The session will be held at the old elementary school library area, where Haven is held. Emily Gross and Vicki Bergjord from ICAP will be leading the informational session. Gross and Bergjord will be available to answer questions and help people get started on signing up online.
Bergjord said that the most common question they answer is ‘How much will the insurance be through the marketplace?’ She says, “There are websites that you can Google and input information to get ballpark cost estimates, but there is no way to know for sure without going in and enrolling.”
Open enrollment for the Affordable Health care Act is open until March 31st. “It is beneficial for people to start the process prior to the March 31st deadline,” says Bergjord. “You have to enroll, receive and finalize your eligibility, pick a plan, and then pay the first premium all before the deadline.”
People who don’t have insurance through their workplace or other insurance already in place are encouraged to attend this session. Bergjord said that she will have pamphlets available at the session as well as business cards for people to take. She encourages anyone who is having issues enrolling or would like more information to call the local ICAP office in Sioux Falls at 605-334-2808 ext. 232 (Bergjord) or ext. 204 (Gross). Appointments for help are available upon request.
Online enrollment is done through the healthcare website at http://healthcare.gov.