(Memphis) John Coles has been perusing the website for affordable healthcare.
He lost his insurance when the company he worked for folded this year.
“When you are 62 years old, it’s real crucial to have health care,” says Coles.
So far, he’s had no problem getting on the Affordable Healthcare website.
“It was easy to understand, easy to navigate. I found out all the info I needed to as a far as applying, which I plan to do a little later, says Coles.
He’s heard the problems, like enrollees having to muddle through a maze of issues.
At the Benjamin Hooks Library, people enrolling can now get help.
The library is one of the locations were the non-profit group Seedco is holding a series of community events to explain the health care plan and even help people sign up.
“We walk them through every step of enrollment and help them understand which coverage is best for them, their needs and circumstances at the time of enrollment,” says Sondra Howell with Seedco.
Seedco received a $1.2 million grant to help facilitate the healthcare enrollment statewide to half a million people eligible.
They say there are 80,000 people who qualify in Memphis.
So they are going to the places many of those who qualify frequent, like the library, where there are computers and internet connection.
“Even if they are not using our computers, every location has free WiFi, so they can come in and bring their own computers and do their own research,” says Stephanie White, with the Memphis Library.
With such an important decision, John Coles is glad to know help is out there.
“I’d like to get the best value and what I can afford,” says Coles.
There are several upcoming pubic events to help people who want to enroll for health care.
Affordable Healthcare Education and Enrollment Events
Friday, November 1 - Benjamin L. Hooks (3030 Poplar Ave) 1 – 4 p.m.
Tuesday, November 12 - Mayor’s Town Hall at Benjamin Hooks Library – 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Thursday, November 14 – Golden Gate Cathedral on James Road – 5:30 – 7 p.m.