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Last push: Most can get Obamacare financial aid

 Credit: Reuters
Credit: Reuters

In this last weekend to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Health Act, Enroll America’s Paydon J. Miller is reminding Pennsylvanians that financial assistance is available to help pay for plans.

“So many people are waiting until the last second because they feel they can’t afford it,” Miller, the Pennsylvania spokesman, said. “But it is affordable and there is in-person assistance available.”

In fact, more than 75 percent of Pennsylvania residents who have signed up for health care have gotten aid, he said.

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Claudia Gordon, of north central Philadelphia, is one of those people. Gordon retired in 2006 after more than 20 years as a Philadelphia police officer and the city paid for her health insurance until the end of last year.

“So, I knew I had to find something else,” she said.

When she initially went online to the health care exchange, she admits she was overwhelmed. The coverage she needed because of treatment for pre-existing conditions was about $800 a month.

“Looking at the costs,” she said, “I knew I couldn’t afford it.”

Her daughter, who lives in California, suggested she see a health care navigator to walk her through the process and see if she’s eligible for financial assistance. Turns out, she was.“I managed to keep my insurance at a lower premium, one I could afford.”

She’s been an advocate for the Affordable Care Act “talking to, texting and emailing” her family and friends to sign up as the March 31 deadline approaches. “I keep sending them reminders.”

Enroll America’s Miller said a rush is expected this weekend at enrollment events around the city. Those who’d like to sit with a health expert should bring with them the social security numbers of everyone who will be on the plan; income information like a W-2 form or a pay stub; and any current health plan information they may have.

“A lot of folks are intimidated by it,” Miller said. “There are folks who can sit down, one-on-one, and talk about specific circumstances.”

Meet with health care experts with Get Covered America:

Congreso (hablas español)
2800 North American St.
1 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 28
9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 29
By appointment only. Call 215-763-8870, ext. 1310

Northeast Regional Library
2228 Cottman Ave.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, March 28
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 29

Prince of Peace Baptist Church
1844 North 32nd St.
4 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 28

Q Care in ShopRite
3450 Fox St.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 29

Campaign for Working Families
1207 Chestnut St., Fourth floor
10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 27
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, March 31

Campaign for Working Families
1415 North Broad St.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 28
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, March 31

Campaign for Working Families
2123 Cottman Ave., Plot 41
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 28
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 31

Love Zion Baptist Church
2521 North 23rd St.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29

Community of Compassion CDC
6148 Cedar Ave.
Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 30

 
 
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