Commissioner Edwards Urges Citizens to Learn More and Get Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Beginning October 1st
On August 21, 2013, at its Recess Meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The resolution was also co-sponsored by Vice Chair Emma I. Darnell. The Affordable Care Act was adopted by Congress in 2010 and upheld by the U.S Supreme Court. One of the biggest changes under the ACA will begin October 1 when individuals and families will be able to purchase health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
On August 13, 2013, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius came to Fulton County government and met with local healthcare officials on the Affordable Care Act addressing the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment and the need for “Champions of Coverage” to work within local communities to get information out to citizens. Secretary Sebelius has said that Champions of Coverage include, “a network of volunteers on the ground in every state – health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials – [who] can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled.”
Answering Secretary Sebelius’ call, Commissioner Edwards drafted a resolution supporting the Affordable Care Act and will host an information session on the Health Insurance Marketplace for District 7. Dr. Pam Roshell, Regional Director, Region IV, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be present to share this important information with the community.
Who: Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards, District 7, Fulton County Board of Commissioners
Pamela Roshell, PhD, MSW, Regional Director, Region IV, US Department of Health and Human Services
What: Community Information Session on the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment starting October 1, 2013
When: September 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: South Fulton Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road College Park, Georgia
For more information on the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace visit www.Healthcare,gov or call the toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596. Hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 1-855-889-4325 for assistance.
Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards serves on the Fulton County Board of Commissioners representing the citizens in District 7. Fulton is the largest county in the State of Georgia, with a seven-member governing commission representing 14 municipalities, an annual operating budget of $935 million and a diverse population of nearly one million residents, including the City of Atlanta.