News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, Sept. 30, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Insurance can be a difficult question for some people who don't understand, so therefore you need someone go you can trust in the process," Rep. Henry Wayne Howard said.
If you're confused and looking for answers, Terri Gant can help. She's a navigator for the Affordable Care Act.
"As the navigator, it's my role to go into the community and educate individuals, families, and small business owners on how the Affordable Care Act is actually going to work," she explained.
Aside from the roll out date of October 1st when enrollment starts, there's another date you should remember.
"During the October 12 event, we're calling it our signature event. What we want to do is invite families, individuals out to be able to learn what the enrollment process is if they haven't already enrolled by that time," Gant said.
On October 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can go to the Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church or the Christ Community Health Services to meet with a navigator to get answers to all the big questions. Gant says she's already getting questions like, "how much is it going to cost me is like a major question that I'm getting. And what type of benefits will be available to me?"
"That's why they call them navigators," Rep. Howard said. "They can navigate trough this while process whether it's based on your income or its based on talking about what are your health needs right now."
Having navigators right here in our backyard is an opportunity Rep. Howard says will help not only people in our area, but the whole state.
"In Georgia we have about 1.9 million that are uninsured. It's access to healthcare is what it comes down to," he said.
"The thing I think is most important is that people do get the education, that they do understand what this whole Affordable Care Act means for them and what they need to do," Gant said.
Again, the date of the event is Saturday, October 12th from 10-2. Two navigators will be located at Belle Terrace Presbyterian Church and two more will be at Christ Community Health Services.
Even though both of these locations are in Richmond County, you don't have to be from Richmond County to come to those locations for help.