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Richland Library offers free help sorting out health care coverage

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Healthcare.gov explains Obamacare and the different options you can take for your health care. Healthcare.gov explains Obamacare and the different options you can take for your health care.
Sharita Moultrie is one of the many social workers avalible to help at Richland Library. Sharita Moultrie is one of the many social workers avalible to help at Richland Library.

By Elena Chavey

Richland Library social workers and navigators are offering free consultations on understand the 2017 Affordable Care Act. The ACA is commonly referred to as Obamacare and took effect in 2013.

Richland County is the second largest uninsured county in South Carolina. About 12 percent of people in the county are uninsured according to Enroll America. The Enroll America group provides information about ACA insurance. It's data also shows premiums for the 2017 enrollment period are increasing by 27 percent.

Community Health Specialist Sharita Moultrie, isn't worried about the larger premiums affecting sign up.

"We don't inticipate the increase in premiums to affect anyone because again as that increase goes up so does the financial help so we expect that the numbers will be about the same" Moultrie said.

South Carolina's only Obamacare provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield offers 26 different packages including dental, health care, prescriptions, and vision.

Enrollment for insurance runs through January 31, 2017.  People are urged to sign up by December 15  to avoid a gap in coverage.

You need to have some information ready to meet with a consultant. Bring documents on household income for 2017, Social Security numbers, dates of birth for yourself and dependents, and your current workplace's offered health care plan.

To schedule an appointment, call 803-231-6330 or visit richlandlibrary.com/getcovered.

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