West Virginians who are interested in free, in-person help in learning how they might obtain health insurance under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are invited to attend one of several enrollment sessions that will be held in Parkersburg, Charleston and Beckley over the next several days.
We were able to interview Jeremy Smith at the Parkersburg location and get information on upcoming events.
Wednesday, February 11 and Thursday, February 12, from 10:00am to 6:00pm at the Charleston Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive in Charleston.
Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15, from 9:00am to 6:00pm at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center, 200 Armory Drive in Beckley
Partners in Health Network, Advanced Patient Advocacy and the West Virginia Primary Care Association, working under a cooperative agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will provide information about how the new health insurance exchange operates under the ACA. They also will show people how they can sign up for low-cost health insurance plans. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge for the educational session or enrollment assistance.
The open enrollment period for 2015 ends February 15, 2015. If the deadline is missed, in most cases, you cannot get coverage again until 2016. For 2015, if you do not have health insurance, then you may have to pay a penalty when you file your taxes. The penalty is $325 per person or 2 percent of your annual income, whichever is greater.
In 2014, 86 percent of West Virginians qualified for financial help in obtaining health care coverage.
More information is available at: www.bewv.com. That site includes resources for enrollment help, a calendar of enrollment events and an overview of facts and other information about the Affordable Care Act.