Affordable Health Care Forum Held in Prichard

Affordable Health Care Forum Held in Prichard

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MOBILE, Ala. -

Dozens of residents gathered at Prichard City hall to get answers regarding the Affordable Health Care.

"How much is it going to cost. How will it affect them," said Myisha Davis.

Davis helped organize the event after she says she saw a need in the community to explain to those uninsured the importance of having insurance - and when it comes to affordable health care, she understands the hesitation.

"With any reform there are glitches, but I feel as if they will be worked out. And this is something that is going to be helpful for our society," said Davis, President of Prichard Young Democrats.

Many elderly people expressed concern about how medicare will be affected. James Roberson with the south alabama regional planning commission says there are two major ways medicare beneficiaries can benefit from the affordable health care act. one is by zero cost sharing on prevention for mammograms and prostate exams.

"Also with the prescription assistance and the doughnut hole - coverage gap. There's been a big problem for years with people on Medicare who experience problems reaching their coverage gap limit for prescriptions. So, the Affordable Care Act is now helping people. Once they hit that gap instead of paying the full cost. They will get assistance. 50 percent of the coverage will be covered by medicare," said Roberson.

Commission is offering free assistance to people on Medicare when it comes to making insurance decisions. Times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 3 pm at the GM&O building on Beauregard street. The mobile health department also has staffers on hand to answer any questions related to the Affordable Health Care.

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