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Health insurance application assistance available

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 11:25 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 11:39 a.m. CDT

Understanding the new provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or navigating its “Marketplace” website can sometimes be difficult.

Fortunately, Clarke County has a solution for those who are in need of assistance.

Anybody interested in applying for health insurance through the ACA can meet with Brenda Brown, outreach and enrollment coordinator with Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa, at Clarke County Public Health, 134 W. Jefferson St.

“I’ve been certified to utilize the new health care marketplace to help individuals to look at what their options are,” Brown said. “There are a wide range of options to help them make the best choices for their health care needs and their family.”

Availability

Brown will be available at the public health office from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 and 25. For an appointment, call 641-342-3724.

Brown said there is no cost to have an appointment and no obligation to select a health plan.

People should bring the following to their appointments:

• Household income verification (check stubs, recent tax returns and Social Security benefits)

• Family members names, date of birth and Social Security numbers

• Employer name, address and phone number

“Oftentimes, there are terms people are unfamiliar with,” Brown said. “I would be able to assist them with answering those questions and getting information they need to resolve uncertainties they have.”

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