City Leaders Hold Info Session for Obamacare

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CLEVELAND -- As part of the Affordable Care Act, all Americans must now have health insurance coverage. But finding the right plan can be a daunting process.

Mayor Frank Jackson and the City of Cleveland hosted the Affordable Care for a Healthy Cleveland event at Public Auditorium Saturday. It was one-stop shopping for health insurance coverage options.

It was timely for Nora Stern, of Richmond Heights, who is losing health care coverage because the plant where she works is closing.

"So, I want to be sure to have all the information I needed about the new Affordable Care Act," Stern said.

Dozens of community partners teamed up to help people understand the Affordable Care Act and coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace website.

"And, really, to walk them through the process, helping them to understand the enrollment process, how to compare different health coverage plans to make the best choices for themselves and their families," Karen Butler, Director of Cleveland Public Health said.

Trained patient navigators and certified application counselors helped people access health insurance benefits and compare coverage.

"On the website, they ask a lot of questions. I can see how people might feel it's intimidating. It was great that I had a navigator to help me through the process," Stern added.

There are still some glitches getting through the Health Marketplace website, but people can enroll in a health insurance plan on the phone or through a paper application.

Visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 for information on available health insurance options.

Anyone covered by Medicare or Medicaid does not need to enroll for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

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