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Affordable Care Act forum planned in Harford NAACP on Nov. 2

The Harford County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will host a countywide Affordable Care Act health forum on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 2-4 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church, 700 N. Post Road in Aberdeen.

The NAACP said it hopes to reach out to approximately 20,000 uninsured Harford County residents under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance.

Guest speakers will include:

• Marilyn Johnson, Harford County's lead navigator from the Maryland Health Connection, http://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov

•Representatives from SEEDCO, a partner for Maryland's Health Benefit Exchange that manages health insurance access programs in the region;

• Representatives from the Harford Community Action Agency, Inc. and the Harford County Health Department;

• Cheri Wilson from the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Single individuals, those already covered through Medicaid, a families and small business owners are urged to attend.

The forum will discuss key provisions of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. eligibility for coverage, county enrollment schedules, health disparities other informative details to help you decide how to obtain access to affordable health care coverage.

Speakers will provide information such as:

• Legislative details regarding the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act;

• Income eligibility for coverage through Medicaid expansion;

• Qualifications for MCHP (Maryland Children's Health Program);

• How to enroll for health insurance coverage via the Maryland Health Connection;

• Timelines, deadlines consequences of lack of coverage, plus a schedule of countywide enrollment opportunities;

• The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) and health care tax credits for small businesses.

Materials will be available in English and Spanish and transportation is available. Seating is limited to 300 persons.

View the Kaiser Family Foundation animation overview in English at kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons-obamacare-video/ or Spanish at kff.org/health-reform/video/los-youtoons-se-preparan-para-obamacare/.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, http://www.naacp.org.

One of the advocacy issues of the NAACP is to bring our national voice to assist in the eradication of racial and ethnic disparities in health, with a focus not only on disease prevention, but on the social and environmental factors that affect health and wellness

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