Health reform education sessions for consumers across Michigan

The health care industry is undergoing its biggest change since Medicare, nearly 50 years ago, and the changes will affect everyone.  In a recent survey from the Kaiser Foundation of more than 1,200 customers, 57 percent of Americans said they still don’t have enough information to understand how reform will affect them.

Access of care is broadening, mandatory benefits are expanding and costs are shifting.  Beginning on October 1, the Marketplace will change the way people buy insurance.  Lower income families and individuals may qualify for government assistance but first they must properly fill out an in-depth, 12 page application form.

Health care reform is complicated. It’s important for Michigan residents to understand how this transformation will affect their personal lives and what action steps they need to take to prepare themselves.  That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is hosting a number of community education sessions throughout the month of October to help people understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will effect them.

The sessions outline the basics of the ACA, including subsidy eligibility, ways to access affordable, quality care, and resources to help consumers learn more about the law.  Blue Cross representatives will provide materials and resources to enable attendees to better prepare for coming change.  There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

All education sessions are open to the entire community, and will provide guidance to the uninsured who are not Medicaid or Medicare eligible.

Riverview Library: 14300 Sibley Rd, Riverview
Wednesday, October 9, 7 – 9 p.m.

Latino Community Coalition
Grand Rapids: TBD
Thursday, October 10, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

S.A.F.E. Health and Wealth Expo WCCCD Northwest Campus: 8200 W Outer Dr, Detroit
Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m – 4 p.m.

New Westside Central MBC: 19840 W. Chicago, Detroit
Sunday, October 13, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church: 5000 Joy Road, Detroit
Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Sherwood Elementary School: 3870 Shattuck Rd, Saginaw
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 –7:30 p.m.

Harper Woods Library: 19601 Harper, Harper Woods
Monday, October 21, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Samaritan Center: 5555 Conner St, Detroit
Wednesday, October 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

2nd Baptist Church: 441 Monroe St, Detroit
Wednesday, October 30, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Marlette Regional Hospital: Sanilac County
Tuesday, November 5, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

For more information on health care reform, visit Healthcarereformbasics.com.

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