Columbia, SC (WACH) — Residents of South Carolina got the chance to sign up for healthcare coverage at the Brooklyn Baptist Church on Sunday.
The event, sponsored by Palmetto Health, the South Carolina Hospital Association and Lourie Life and Health, was free of charge to the public.
Chris Johnson with Lourie Life and Health said that signing up for coverage, whether via the internet or by phone, can sometimes be confusing for patrons and they wanted to help ensure that people got the coverage best suited to them.
“They can meet with someone who is an expert in this field,” said Johnson. “They can help them maximize their financial assistance and help them find the best plan based on their needs.”
The deadline for applying for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is Tuesday, January 31st. Failure to do so, under the provisions, calls for a penalty of almost $700.
Rozalynn Goodwin with the South Carolina Hospital Association said that some public confusion concerning the ACA is due to increased national discussion about it possibly being replaced.
“You see different executive orders being signed,” said Goodwin. “There’s some assumption that maybe it’s already been done away with. So, we’ve got to do our part in educating the community that the Affordable Care Act is still the law.”
There will be several events over the next few days which will give the public more opportunity to get information, sign up, and ask questions. One will be at the Richland County Library on Assembly Street from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Residents attend free healthcare event at Brooklyn Baptist church