C.A.R.E. Center helps parish residents with Obamacare applications
Plaquemines Community C.A.R.E. Center is assisting individuals with questions or concerns about, or actually signing up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. The open enrollment period for securing health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace will end on March 31.
Irma White, Community Health Worker and Patient Navigator for the C.A.R.E. Center, also serves as a certified application counselor. She is helping residents complete the ACA applications online.
The C.A.R.E. Center received its status as a certified application agency back in January. White initiated the certification process in order to guarantee application assistance for residents.
“I know a lot of people who come through the center here don’t have insurance,” said White. “So I saw there was a need for it in the area.” Her goal is to assist as many residents as possible obtain a qualified health plan through the Marketplace. The support she provides is also free. Last week, she traveled to Buras to help a resident secure health insurance.
Insurance companies are mandated to accept all applications, regardless of any pre-existing conditions. Individuals are required by the ACA to have minimum health coverage by the March deadline or else pay a penalty.
“The penalty fee in 2014 is one percent of the individual’s income or $95, whichever is higher,” stated on the website of Louisiana’s Department of Insurance. “The penalty exemption will be handled when you file your federal income taxes.”
For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace or questions and concerns about ACA, contact Irma White at 504.393.5750 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For direct access to the Marketplace, visit www.healthcare.gov.