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December 12, 2013

File for health care help

A local health care provider is poised to help those who need to acquire health care insurance because of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

ACA is a 955-page piece of federal legislation passed and signed into law by President Barack Obama in March of 2010 that requires every American to have health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. Plus, the ACA, commonly called Obamcare, contains additional mandates.

No matter the reason you might need health care insurance, River Hills-Centerville has employees trained in accessing and obtaining insurance through the marketplace.

Starla Bulkeley, former Outreach and Enrollment coordinator now clinic receptionist at River Hills Appanoose County Clinic, 1015 N. 18th St., Suite C, Centerville, said the free service they provide helps consumers create an account on the marketplace, complete and submit their application, review their eligibility results and enroll in a qualified health plan.

“We can assist consumers getting enrolled online or with a paper application,” Bulkeley said. “When creating an account on the marketplace, a consumer must have an email address. We have also been helping consumers create email accounts if they do not have one. Additionally, we can help consumers file an appeal if they do not agree with their eligibility results, as well as file an exemption for which they may qualify for.”

Bulkeley recommended applicants bring the following information: Proof of income, like a W-2 or paystub, the names and social security numbers for anyone wanting to get health coverage and a username and password to an email account.

River Hills Appanoose County Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday.

River Hills Clinics in Richland, Centerville and Ottumwa have enrolled several consumers, Bulkeley said, but she couldn’t provide an exact number. Bulkeley said most of the consumers that have enrolled at their Centerville location did not have health insurance and no one has come to them to enroll in the marketplace who had their insurance dropped.

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