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Austintown group learns more about Affordable Care Act

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - With enrollment underway for the Affordable Health Care Act, extra efforts are being made to help uninsured Americans understand the application process.

Close to 50 people turned out to hear Trey Daly, the Ohio director for Enroll America, a group that is educating the public about the new health exchange.

"People don't really know what the benefits are that are available through the health insurance marketplace, so they're interested to know about what financial assistance is available, what kind of coverage is actually available" Daly said.

With dozens of health plans available, ranging from Bronze, Silver and Gold, the uninsured have questions about determining what is best for their situation. Daly said the application process through the web-site HealthCare.gov is designed to be very user friendly.

"It tells you exactly how your specific circumstances will apply to the products that are available. It will tell you exactly what the cost would be for you with any tax credits you may qualify for" he said. 

Daly said up to 90 percent of the uninsured will quality for some level of tax credit assistance on premiums.

"We've also heard that as many as 60 percent of the uninsured who will purchase coverage through the health insurance marketplace will end up with premiums of less than $100 per month after application of the tax credit" he added.

People at the meeting also were happy to learn that the application process does not require them to do any math or calculations.  Applications can be made by telephone, or paper application forms also are available. The phone number is 1-800-318-2596.

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