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Learn more about health insurance at Winters programs

By From page A5 | October 13, 2013

The Winters Healthcare Foundation will answer questions and provide information about the Affordable Care Act at a free program Wednesday in Spanish and Thursday in English. Both will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Winters Community Center, 201 Railroad Ave., and are sponsored by the Winters Healthcare Foundation, the city of Winters and the Hispanic Advisory Committee.

The Affordable Care Act is designed to make health care available to those who have never had it, or who did not qualify for Medi-Cal or other services. They may have depended on emergency rooms, clinics or other sources when they had urgent medical needs, or done without. Now they have the opportunity to set up regular health care for themselves and their families.

Enrollment assistance in the state’s insurance exchange, called Covered California, is also available by appointment.

“We have heard from many people who simply don’t understand the new program,” said Chris Kelsch, executive director of the Winters Healthcare Foundation. “Our goal is to simplify it and answer questions about eligibility and options so people can make the choices that are best for them.”

The Affordable Care Act becomes effective Jan. 1. At that time, most Americans will be required to have health insurance. Those who are not covered by March 31 will face a tax penalty.

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