BANGOR, Maine — The Bangor Public Library will be hosting a series of programs in the coming weeks to help the public address the new Affordable Care Act. These are informative programs that are free and open to the public.
“There is a lot of uncertainty with the Affordable Care Act and we want to help the public get a better understanding of the changes.” says Barbara McDade, Director of the Bangor Public Library. “This is an opportunity for the public to get informed to make the best decision for them and their families.”
On Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, began open enrollment for citizens who need health care. Citizens will use the Health Insurance Marketplace to see options and enroll for coverage. Open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014. Insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014, for those who have enrolled.
The programs will be:
- Noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Dick Streubel will be at the Bangor Public Library to answer questions and give out information to the public regarding the Healthcare Reform Act in the Lecture Hall.
- 3-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Lecture Hall. It will be split between “Healthcare Is a Human Right,” 6-7 p.m.; and “Townhall Meeting/Free Screening,” 3-5 p.m.; sponsored by the Maine State Nurses Association.
- 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the Lecture Hall. “The Affordable Care Act and What It Means to You” presented by Michael Gendreau, of Maine Community Health Options.
- 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the Bangor Public Library Computer LabThe public is invited to “Healthcare Signup Help,” providing computer access and direction to resources, sponsored by the Bangor Public Library and Penquis Cap.
For more information, contact the library at 947-8336.