|When:||Jan 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm|
101 West Charleston Ave.
Do you have questions about your health care options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? A free 45-minute presentation about the ACA will be given at the Swannanoa Library (101 West Charleston Ave.) on January 14, at 6 p.m. The presentations will address insurance renewal, how to assess plan features, no-cost preventive care, no denial due to pre-existing conditions, subsidies, tax penalty/exemptions for uninsured people, and how to navigate websites for additional assistance and information.
The ACA open enrollment period ends January 15, 2016. Insurance obtained between December 16 and January 14, 2016 becomes effective February 1, 2016. Enrollment can be done online at www.healthcare.gov. Locally, free confidential assistance is available through Pisgah Legal Services at www.pisgahlegal.org/free-legal-assistance/aca/. You can also call 855-733-3711 to schedule an appointment for a consultation at the Swannanoa Library.
Federal law requires that individuals have health insurance for at least nine months in 2016 or have an exemption. Those without insurance may owe up to $695 in tax, due April, 2017. A family of two adults may owe twice as much, $1,390. For many, a subsidized premium for insurance will be less than that, and will include preventive care at no added cost. Premiums were subsidized for over 90% of the people who got insurance via the ACA in 2015.