By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
OCT. 2, 2013 —
New health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begin rolling out this month. Learning the new laws and sorting through the various options, however, can make finding coverage challenging.
A new program offered by the Northeast Kentucky Community Action Agency (NKCAA) is aimed specifically at helping individuals find the right plans for them under the ACA.
The NKCAA has hired five “in person assistants” to work with community members who have questions about the ACA and how to apply for coverage.
“These individuals will be available to any member of the general public that wants to know their options, as well meeting with Medicare recipients about the new income eligibility guidelines,” said NKCAA director David Carroll.
One assistant will be assigned to each county that the organization serves, which are Carter, Boyd, Elliot, Greenup and Lawrence counties.
Under the ACA, individuals and families may be eligible to have the cost of their health care subsidized, in whole or in part, based on a sliding income scale.
“A family of four can as much as $90,000 and still qualify for some sort of subsidy,” Carroll said.
Assistants will go over plans in real time during appointments and will be able to enroll interested parties in a health care plan on the spot.
NKCAA will also be able to provide small business support services under the new program, which include evaluation of what plans are available as well as tax incentives offered.
“We can provide services for small business from 2-50 employees. We can meet with management to go over tax credit options, as well as answer any other questions they might have,” said Carroll.
For those interested in this new service, call the NKCAA office at 286-4443 or (800) 817-4443 and your information will be forwarded to the in person enrollment assistant for your county.
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