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Want answers to ACA? There are forums
Seminars discuss Obamacare across state
 
Published Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:22 am
by Herbert L. White

Forums to help North Carolinians figure out what the Affordable Care Act is and what it does are being held across the state.

Open enrollment began on October 1 for affordable health insurance under ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare through state- or federal-run marketplace exchanges.

AARP North Carolina is hosting forum on the ACA and its impact on families Oct. 15 at the Sugar Creek Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road at 3 p.m.; Oct. 22 at Scaleybark Library, 101 Scaleybark Road at 5:30 p.m. at Plaza-Midwood Library, 1623 Central Ave. on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

“We will chat about what to expect from the new health care law – including how it affects Medicare – and will be hosting listening sessions,” said Michael Olender, associate state director of AARPNC.

Winston-Salem-based Segmented Marketing Services Inc. and SMSi-Urban Call Marketing are partnering with more than 60 churches and community organizations to host health forums across the state, particularly in the urban centers of Forsyth, Mecklenburg and Wake counties.

“To some of us, the new law may seem confusing,” SMSi founder Sandra Miller Jones said in a statement. 

“Our goal is to provide key information in simple straightforward language we all can understand. We will place a special emphasis on the African American communities, which is SMSi’s specialty.”

North Carolinians can visit www.smsiurbancallhealth.com to view a complete list of all the community health forums.

The forums are open to the public and will be especially helpful to those who have never had health insurance coverage, now mandated by the new law.  At some of the meetings, health care representatives will be on site to answer questions about the new law and Novant Health will provide health screenings at selected locations.

“SMSi’s outreach included community field ambassadors, radio, web and print advertising, distribution of over 55,000 copies of a custom print Urban Call publication to churches, beauty salons, barbershops and inserted in selected community newspapers and the creation of a microsite,” said Lafayette Jones, president of SMSi Urban Call Marketing and Urban Call’s publisher.  

“The Urban Call supplement provides North Carolinians with information about the new law and qualifications to receive financial assistance. The microsite provides a link to the digital Urban Call and a complete listing of the dates and times for all the community health forums scheduled throughout the state.” 

The SMSi initiative is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.  Supporting partners  include Novant Health, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance and Mechanics and Farmers Bank.

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