'Informed Communities' meeting about Health Insurance Marketplace set for Sept. 17 in Carroll County

Monday, September 16, 2013

EUREKA SPRINGS (Sept. 12, 2013) -- Carroll County residents are invited to the Informed Communities town hall meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. The town hall meeting is hosted jointly by the University of Arkansas Partners for Inclusive Communities, the Arkansas Health Department, Hometown Health Initiative and the Arkansas Health Connector, a division of the Arkansas Insurance Department.

The meeting will be in the Meeting Room of the Eureka Springs Public Library, 194 Spring St.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to:

*Get answers to questions
*Learn about health insurance coverage options
*Learn where you can get one-on-one assistance
*Find out how to enroll

"The Affordable Care Act makes health insurance an attainable goal for every Arkansan, and we are excited to tell them about that," said Mary Eiken, a public health educator with the Health Department. "We wanted to hold these town hall meetings to help address some of the misconceptions and clear up some of the misinformation that's out there. Arkansans without insurance can breathe easier because this law is taking effect. We want everyone to get informed and 'Get In'."

Beginning Oct. 1., Arkansans can shop for and purchase health insurance plans through the Marketplace. All plans will cover the 10 Essential Health Benefits, ranging from inpatient and outpatient services to prescription drugs and maternity care. Some Arkansans may qualify for financial assistance, based on income, to help them purchase health insurance through the Marketplace.

The meetings are a component of the "Get In" public information and outreach effort to educate Arkansans about the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

For more information visit ARHealthConnector.org, call 855-283-3483, or email Terri Clark at terri.clark@arkansas.gov.

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About the Arkansas Health Connector: The Arkansas Health Connector (AHC) was created by the Arkansas Insurance Department to provide Arkansans with the information and tools they need to get health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. This has been made possible through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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