Assistance is available for those who need help using the computer to sign up for government-run healthcare through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), or want to be educated about their coverage options.
Family Health Centers, a division of the Community Action Community of Pike County, is helping residents in Jackson, Pike, and Scioto Counties work through the process of getting signed up.
"We have secured grants, so we can provide literature and help people navigate through the website - We can get online and help them," explained Navigator Pam Ross.
Ross explained there are many residents throughout the area who do not know how to use a computer, do not have access to a computer, or have an e-mail address, nor know how to acquire one.
"There are a lot of people who do not know how to use a computer in this area ... also the government requires them to have an e-mail address, so we can help them set up one."
Computers to complete the sign-up process will be available for use at Family Health Centers of Jackson, which is located on State Route 93 across from Trinity Chapel Church. Ross said she is in the process of meeting with local libraries about utilizing their computers.
Be advised, Family Health Centers are not able to advise residents about which plan is right for them, only assist with walking people through the process and providing education about the Affordable Care Act.
For more information, or to speak with a project Navigator with Family Health Centers, call 1 (740) 835-8747.
On May 23, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The goal of the law is to make healthcare more accessible and affordable to Americans. The law stipulates, however, that by next year everyone in the United States will be required to have health insurance or be subject to a fine.
Individuals who feel comfortable signing up for health coverage on their own can do so by visiting the Health Insurance Marketplace at healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.