published Friday, February 15th, 2013

Health care reform forum to explain insurance options

People who will become eligible for low-cost health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act are invited to a meeting Feb. 23 to learn how the program will work.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Eastgate Town Center.

Tennessee Health Care Campaign board member Katherlyn Geter will talk about the act and how local residents can apply, according to a news release. The nonprofit organization advocates for universal coverage. Geter also is regional coordinator for the Southeast Health Care Insurance Assistance Program, which provides information and advocacy about Medicare.

The health care reform act aims to improve access to health care through a variety of reforms, including mandatory health insurance through the private sector, government-managed insurance exchanges or state Medicaid programs.

Enrollment will begin Oct. 31 for insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Low- and middle-income people will eligible for tax credits or subsidies to help pay for coverage.

People who attend the meeting may register to receive updates and information by mail or email.

For more information, contact Forestine Haynes at 423-855-1202 or

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