ACA enrollment at ‘Clarkston Day of Action’

2/28/2014, 6 a.m.

Residents can get assistance with enrolling in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the “Clarkston Day of Action” on March 8 at the Clarkston Library.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get Covered America, Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health, and licensed in-person enrollment assisters will provide critical information on options available during open enrollment that ends on March 31.

Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry, who declared March 8 as an official “Day of Action,” says every eligible resident in the multicultural city should take advantage of the opportunity to enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“The ACA affords an array of health care insurance options with plans that fit diverse budgets, and it’s important for all of our residents to get coverage,” Terry said in a Feb. 24 statement.

He said that some people just don’t know about the Marketplace.

“We want people to take advantage of the resources that Clarkston [enrollment] navigators and groups like Get Covered America are providing,” he said. “Whether you’re new to America or you’ve been here all your life, this opportunity is too important to miss.”

Alex Dombronovich, Enroll America state communications director for Georgia, said the nonprofit wants to stress that financial assistance is available for many who need coverage. She said staff and volunteers will go door-to-door to ensure residents know about financial help and where enrollment is taking place.

“Surveys have shown us that most people are unaware that there is financial help available to them,” she said. “Of the 101,000 Georgia enrollees, an overwhelming 83 percent have already received help paying for their coverage in a Health Insurance Marketplace plan.”

There also will be a kiosk at ThrifTown Shopping Plaza for information about the Healthcare Marketplace and enrollment sites for face-to-face sign-ups.

The Clarkston Library is at 1055 Rowland St. For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Alex Dombronovich at Alexd@enrollamerica.org, Adombronovich@enroll­ america.org or 470-955-9214.