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Be Prepared: Affordable Care Act

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We're only five days away until open enrollment begins for the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans will be able to sign up starting October 1st.

But a new Washington Post poll suggests 62 percent of Americans lack the information needed to understand the changes. It's because the new system can be confusing. For starters, people will need to go to the healthcare.gov website to get started.

There you will be asked to fill out an application and see all the health plans available. You'll need to provide some information about your household size and income.
     
It will help you find out if you can get lower costs on your monthly premiums for private insurance. But with 20 percent of Americans still without internet, getting access to the site may be a big problem. In fact, to move forward you need an email address.
     
That's one of the things 9 On Your Side learned from Claudia Stokes an enrollment specialist in Beaufort County. "The federal marketplace is going to be a place that can you can basically shop and make your own choices," said Stokes.

Penalties for not having insurance are also part of the new changes the Affordable Care Act brings. This year, it's $97 dollars for adults and $48 for children.

People will have until March 31st to sign up and avoid those fees.


Federally Qualified HealthCenters in the East

Bertie County Rural Health Association
Website: www.bertierha.com
Locations:
•    Lewiston (252) 348-2545
•    Windsor (252) 794-3042

Carolina Family Health Centers
Website: http://cfhc.biz
Locations:
•    Princeville (252) 641-0514

Goshen Medical center
Website: http://goshenmedical.org
Locations:
•    Beulaville (910) 298-8101
•    Faison (910) 267-0421
•    Kenansville (910) 296-0790
•    Rose Hill (910) 289-3086
•    Wallace (910) 285-2111
•    Warsaw (910) 293-3900
•    Trenton (910) 448-4321
•    Jacksonville (910) 219-1082

Greene County Health Care
Website: www.greenecountyhealthcare.com
Locations:
•    Snow Hill (252) 747-8400
•    Alliance (252) 745-2202
•    Greenville (252) 695-6359
•    Grimesland (252) 752-1857
•    Grifton (252) 747-5841

Kinston Community Health Center
Website: www.kinstonhealth.org
Locations:
•    Kinston (252) 522-9854

Metropolitan Community Health Services
Website: www.metropolitancommunity.org
Locations:
•    Washington (252) 940-0602
•    Williamston (252) 789-0452

Rural Health Group
Website: www.rhgnc.org
Locations:
•    Whitakers (252) 437-2171
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