Confused About the Affordable Care Act?

Pisgah Legal Services free info sessions here
Jun. 08, 2014 @ 06:54 AM

Millions of people have signed up for health care through new health insurance marketplaces created by the federal Affordable Care Act. But many people are still struggling to understand their options and how to access the best care for themselves and their families.

Pisgah Legal Services can help.

On Tuesday,  June 17 and Thursday, June 19, Pisgah Legal, the nonprofit organization will host free information sessions to help people in Rutherford County understand their options.

These presentations will be lead by Olivia Williams, a staff attorney in the Spindale office of Pisgah Legal Services, and a Federally Certified Navigator. The presentations are free to the public and no advance registration is necessary.

On Tuesday, June 17, the session will be held at 1 p.m. at Mooneyham Public Library in Forest City. Thursday's session is at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Street Meeting Building in downtown Forest City.

The marketplaces are a one-stop shop to help individuals and small employers shop for, select and enroll in qualified health plans. Marketplaces will also assist eligible individuals in receiving premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions and help individuals enroll in other federal and state health care programs, such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

To assist with enrollment, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has funded North Carolina agencies through its Health Insurance Navigator funding opportunity. Council on Aging of Buncombe County and Pisgah Legal Services were grant recipients as part of the 10-agency consortium.

Collaborating with other area agencies, both organizations are offering free, unbiased enrollment assistance to uninsured residents across western North Carolina. They will also provide additional assistance to consumers who are disabled, do not speak English or are unfamiliar with health insurance. 

Organizations and groups in western North Carolina can contact Pisgah Legal Services or Council on Aging of Buncombe County to request a presentation about the Affordable Care Act and the new Marketplaces or to schedule a clinic at your organization. Contact Pisgah Legal Services at (828) 253-0406 or Council On Aging at (828) 277-8288.

Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit providing free civil legal aid since 1978 to help low-income people meet their basic needs, such as protection from domestic violence, avoiding homelessness, finding safe housing, and accessing health care and subsistence income. Pisgah Legal Services has 18 attorneys on staff, and relies heavily on the pro bono legal services of 300+ volunteer attorneys and the help of more than 50 office volunteers. PLS’ main service area includes six counties in WNC, with offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Spindale.