Free assistance available in signing up for health insurance through ACA

The Healthcare.gov website is seen on a computer screen Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Washington. It’s sign-up season for the Affordable Care Act, but the Trump administration isn’t making it easy _ cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing advertising and dialing back on counselors who help consumers get through the process. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (PRESS RELEASE) — Since the November 1, enrollment in Marketplace coverage in South Carolina has been 30% ahead of last year. Since 2013, the rate of uninsured South Carolinians has decreased greatly. “We’re signing a lot of people up. It’s extremely important that South Carolinians do not let the noise deter them from getting the coverage that they need,” said Steve Skardon, Palmetto Project’s Executive Director, “Any changes in the tax bill will not have an impact on the 2018 plans and premiums.”

 

Consumers need to enroll now for 2018 coverage. “The plans are affordable – 88% of enrollees can find a plan for less than $75 a month. It’s important that consumers shop around and look at the available plans. We can help people do that,” says Shelli Quenga, Director of Programs.

Palmetto Project’s signupSC network of enrollment assisters provides free, local help so people understand their marketplace insurance options. Anyone can make an appointment by going to http://www.signupSC.org/get-help or by dialing 1-888-998-4646.

December 14              For other locations across the state, call 1-888-998-4646

Beaufort: Bluffton Library                                                     1:00pm-5:00pm

Columbia: Richland Library Main                                          9:00am-4:30pm Walk-ins welcome

Columbia: SC HIV/AIDS Council                                         10:00am-3:00pm

Greenville: Able SC                                                                9:30am-4:30pm

North Charleston: Palmetto Project Office                            9:00am-9:00pm Walk-ins welcome

Orangeburg: Good Shepherd Community Ministries             4:00pm-8:00pm Walk-ins welcome

Summerville: Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream                            11:00am-3:00pm

Sumter: Jehovah Missionary Baptist                                       9:00am-12:00pm Walk-ins welcome

December 15              For other locations across the state, call 1-888-998-4646

Columbia: Richland Library                                                   9:00am-9:00pm Walk-ins welcome

Columbia: SC HIV/AIDS Council                                         10:00am-3:00pm

Charleston: Hurd/St. Andrew’s Regional Library                  10:00am-6:00pm

Charleston: Charleston County Main Library                         10:00am-7:00pm

Greenville: Able SC                                                                9:30am-4:30pm

North Charleston: Palmetto Project Office                            9:00am-9:00pm Walk-ins welcome

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