Another deadline looms in the battle to decrease the number of uninsured Americans via the landmark Affordable Care Act.
The last day to enroll in health insurance through the federal Marketplace for January is December 15. Those who wait cannot be covered until February 1 at the earliest.
Two Birmingham area hospitals are doing their part to help people enroll, assisters will be on-site at St. Vincent’s East and Princeton Baptist Medical Center on Saturday, Dec. 12 from from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Assistance will take place in Classroom 3 at St. Vincent’s East and at the Haynes Auditorium at Princeton Baptist.
The assistance is free, and no appointment is necessary. A handful of organizations are participating to promote the event, during which so-called “navigators” who are trained to penetrate the law’s associated paperwork. The groups include Birmingham Health Care, The Dannon Project and Enroll Alabama.
The federal Marketplace was created by the federal healthcare law in 2009, known to detractors and supporters alike as Obamacare.
People who qualify based on their income and family size can receive significant savings on health insurance through the Marketplace. Nationally, the average monthly cost for insurance for one person in the Marketplace is $76.