Open Arms Clinic Holds Meeting on ACA

A meeting in Toccoa calls attention to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The Open Arms Clinic held the meeting last Wednesday on the Act, also known as “Obamacare.”

People from the healthcare industry and other organizations in the community were on hand for the talk.

Open Arms Clinic Clinical Director Sherry Beavers said the goal was to help provide information to people who could then talk to others about the new health care laws and what it might mean for them.

“Our goal tonight was to make sure that people within our community, business owners, healthcare providers, people from the hospital and Toccoa Clinic, had the information they needed to go forth and clear up some of the discrepancies and confusion associated with getting enrolled for insurance (through the health insurance marketplace), who is eligible and who is not,” said Beavers.

Those in attendance heard from Amanda Ptashkin, the Outreach and Advocacy Director for Georgians for a Healthy Future.

She talked about the law and what it means for those who currently do not have health insurance.

Ptashkin said that it is important for those who currently do not have health insurance to do their own research on the law, ask questions, and find out information for themselves.

“Make decisions for yourself and get facts for yourself,” said Ptashkin.  “There is information that is actually factual.  You can hear things on both sides and it is confusing.  You really need to figure out for yourself what makes sense for you and your family.”

While there is the website and the toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596, Ptashkin people wanting more information can also call Cassandra Hunter, a local “navigator” designated to provide assistance on the law, at 706-754-2318.