To The Daily Sun,
It is unfortunate that folks are having trouble using the website www.healthcare.gov to enroll in Obamacare (ACA), because those affected most are 47 million fellow Americans who really need affordable insurance. Adults whose employers don't offer medical insurance or with pre-existing conditions, young adults over the age of 26 no longer eligible for parental insurance, those with high-deductible policies — these are our friends, neighbors or family members. They really need and want Obamacare.
The positive news is that there are other options to get Obamacare besides enrolling on the healthcare.gov website. Here are a few suggestions:
— Call 1 (800) 318-2546 or click on the "Apply by Phone" button on the website;
— Try another website for information: http://www.getcoveredamerica.org/calculator;
— Go to an information session given by AARP consumer assistance volunteers on Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Moultonborough Public Library or on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Minot-Sleeper Public Library in Bristol;
— Sign up in person (best alternative right now). Several businesses and organizations are providing trained consumer assistants to help navigate the ACA system.
Rite Aid has navigators at its stores in:
Laconia - T W Th from 12 to 5 p.m.;
Concord - M T W F from 3 to 6 p.m. (N. State St. and 92 South St. stores)
Plymouth - T Th from 4 to 7 PM and W F from 3 to 6 p.m.;
— The following organizations have trained navigators to help you individually (call for times):
Mid–State Health Center, Bristol - 744-6200, in Plymouth - 536-4000
Health First Family Care Center, Franklin - 934-0177
White Mountain Community Health Center, Conway – 447-8900
Bi-State Primary Health Care, Bow – 228-2830, ext. 160
Planned Parenthood of New England, Lebanon – (866) 476-1321
I'm hoping this information will help those seeking affordable coverage.