The public is invited to join the informational sessions to learn about the Affordable Health Care and Health Insurance Marketplace.
These events are designed to facilitate efforts to continue to educate the public about the new Health Care Law (including the essential health benefits that must be offered by insurers), what the Law means for them, what documentation will be needed during the eligibility determination and enrollment process as well as the assistance available to help you navigate the entire process.
The first session will be held on Dec. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Public Library.
Dr. Mary Headrick, a health care reform advocate who has worked untiringly for three decades toward the implementation of affordable health care, will be the presenter.
A practicing physician, Headrick has served on the state and national committees of the American College of Physicians and local and state boards with the League of Women Voters.
When Tenn-Care was brought to fruition, it was Headrick who created the first notebook to help insurers and providers implement the program.
The following week on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., another session will be held at Cleveland State Community College where certified marketplace navigator Quetta Pipkin will be available to assist with enrollment.
A Memphis native, Pipkin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she received her undergraduate degree in exercise science and her master’s in health and human performance. Those attending must bring verifying info of identity (Social Security card) and proof of income (one of following: pay stub, W-2, previously filed income tax document).
Tennessee, the 17th most populated state in the United States with approximately 6.5 million residents, has 869,500 non-elderly (representing ages 0-64) who are uninsured. Of the number who are uninsured 549,600 are White; 185,100 are Black and 103,900 are Hispanic; 492,200 are male and 377,300 female. Also included among these statistics are 17 percent of the residents of Bradley County under the age of 65 who are uninsured.