Help is still available for people eligible for the new health care exchanges made available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare”. Local partners and volunteer will continue education and enrollment efforts through March 31, which is the deadline for people who do not have insurance to enroll or face a tax penalty.
Sessions are available by appointment at various locations in Stevens Point, and without appointment at Mid-State Technical College (MSTC) in Stevens Point. The sessions are free and open to anyone needing assistance.
Certified Assistance Counselors (CACs) will be available through the end of March, as follows:
-Tuesdays from noon to 3 p.m. in the Rotary Room of the Portage County Public Library’s Main Branch, 1001 Main St., Stevens Point
-Wednesdays from 8 to noon at CAP Services’ Program Office, 1608 W. River Drive, Stevens Point
-Thursdays from 8 to noon at Lincoln Center, 1519 Water St., Stevens Point
Open enrollment (no appointment necessary):
-Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. in Computer Lab 102 of Mid-State Technical College, 933 Michigan Ave., Stevens Point
CACs help educate consumers about the health insurance exchanges and help them complete an application for coverage. Enrollment sessions generally take between 30 and 40 minutes. People need to bring a photo ID, and a social security card (for all family members who are applying for coverage). It is helpful to have their W-2 form from the previous year. Enrollment can be done on-line, by phone or by paper.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact Jenny Christl at 715-848-4884 or JennyC@bridgeclinic.org.
Local partners include the Bridge Community Clinic in Wausau, Portage County Health and Human Services, Aging and Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), Mid-State Technical College, the Portage County Public Library, Farmer’s Union, and CAP Services.