Forum Nov. 14 in Cambridge to address residents health coverage questions

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Project Care will host a community forum Thursday, Nov. 14, to answer local residents’ questions about new health coverage options that are available as a result of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“With anything new, its natural for people to have questions,” said Ralonda Mason, Supervising Attorney for Project Care. “This community forum will answer as many questions as we can, particularly for people who are currently uninsured.”

The event will be held 5:45 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Community Center, 505 Spirit River Drive, Cambridge.

Among the experts explaining the options and answering questions will be Elaine Cunningham from Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota and Ralonda Mason from Legal Aid’s Project Care.

“This discussion will be about explaining coverage options to anyone who needs help, not rehashing the ACA policy debate,” Mason said. “Local residents are wondering about things such as ‘am I eligible,’ ‘what are my options,’ and ‘can I afford it’, and so those practical issues will be our focus.”

About nine percent of Minnesotans, or about 489,000 people, were uninsured in 2011. Uninsured Minnesotans can be found in almost all walks of life. For instance, employed Minnesotans are just as likely as unemployed residents to lack health care coverage.

Project Care is a program of Legal Aid designed to provide information and education about available low-cost and no-cost health care Insurance options for people in our community. Project Care staff are certified navigators with MNsure, Minnesota’s on-line health marketplace.

Assistance from Project Care is free and available to residents of Central Minnesota. People wanting more information or to schedule an appointment with Project Care can call 320-253-0121 or email projectcare@mylegalaid.org.

The work being done by Project Care is part of a statewide network of non-profit organizations funded by a program called Access to Coverage, which is supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. Access to Coverage is designed to help more uninsured Minnesotans get health coverage.

Additional information about the initiative is available at www.bcbsmnfoundation.org/our-focus/access-to-coverage.

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