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Affordable Care Act is launched

Cyril Josh Barker | 10/3/2013, 3:33 p.m.

One event taking place in Harlem is being hosted by the Prince Hall Order of the Eastern Star Inc., State of New York Golden Gate Chapter #40 and Michelle Davis, health administrator for the U.S. Deptartment of Health and Human Services. It aims to educate people in the community about the ACA and how to get insured.

“We wanted to make sure we give the community valuable information to make an informed decision about health insurance. When ACA came around, we thought it was the true answer to some of our communities woes,” said Aloha Powell, co-chair of the health care initiative for the Golden Gate Chapter. “We wanted to be a part of that team to get this information out. There is such an imminent need for this information. Its about infusing the community with the correct information.”

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge at 454 W. 155th St.

Coverage offered through the marketplace includes a range of options for consumers to pick what best meets their needs, the needs of their family and their budget. With one marketplace application, a consumer will be able to see if they qualify for lower costs on health insurance based on income or free or low-cost coverage available through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. No matter what state a consumer lives in, they will be able to use the marketplace to apply for coverage, compare options and enroll.