Board of Health to Hold Obamacare How To Seminar

The Board presented the idea today for a seminar to help the more than 40% of Lubbock residents who are uninsured.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

 

If the Affordable Care Act seems confusing to you—you might not be the only one.

“Well I think clearly there is a need for information,” Dr. Brian Carr said.

Dr. Carr and the Lubbock Board of Health are looking to make the process easier for folks in the Hub City.

“We want to make it as available as possible because this is something that is going to make a tremendous impact on the community,” Carr said.

The board is planning on holding an Obamacare Navigation Seminar.

It is a place where people can come to get information from insurance professionals, to find out if they qualify for a subsidy and ultimately sign up for a policy.

“What we hope to be able to achieve is bring together community agencies, insurance carriers, health underwriters and other concerned parties to let the citizens get accurate information,” Carr said.

Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents over any other state.

It is estimated that 40% of Lubbock’s population does not have insurance.

Dr. Carr said it is the boards responsibility to make sure they do.

But he said there is no hidden agenda; Carr said they are leaving politics at the door.

“Hopefully leave the political aspects alone and just say this is the law this is how it works and this is what it is going to mean to you,” Carr said.

The date of the seminar has not yet been set.

Carr said they are planning on some time in January. 

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