Specialists help Knoxvillians enroll in healthcare coverage

Specialists help Knoxvillians enroll in healthcare coverage

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With only 9 days left, the city of Knoxville sponsored an enrollment event Saturday at the Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Magnolia campus. With only 9 days left, the city of Knoxville sponsored an enrollment event Saturday at the Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Magnolia campus.
"There are plenty of people that have been shut out of healthcare because it hasn't been offered say at their place of business. They're not able to afford it," Mayor Madelline Rogero said at Saturday's event. "There are plenty of people that have been shut out of healthcare because it hasn't been offered say at their place of business. They're not able to afford it," Mayor Madelline Rogero said at Saturday's event.
Crowds of people lined up shortly after the event started at 10 a.m. Crowds of people lined up shortly after the event started at 10 a.m.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -  The deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act and avoid penalties is quickly approaching.

With only 9 days left, the city of Knoxville sponsored an enrollment event Saturday at the Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Magnolia campus.

Crowds of people lined up shortly after the event started at 10 a.m.

"We all need health insurance," Knoxville resident Aola Olowoyo said.

Olowoyo came to the event to find health insurance for her son, Richard, who recently graduated from college and was taken off his father's health insurance plan.

"I came in and I filled out the form and they brought us back and told us about the plans," Olowoyo said. "This covers him in case he's sick, his prescriptions, his doctor visits, hospital coverage."

If you're signing up for heath insurance on the marketplace at healthcare.gov, there are some things you'll need to have ready, even if you attend an event like this one.

Have documentation showing your gross annual income, because that will affect things like your premium cost and deductible. You'll also need your social security number and policy numbers of health insurance policies in your household.

"Access to healthcare really gives people peace of mind," State Director of the Tennessee "Get Covered America Campaign" Tobi Johnson said. "If anything were to happen, an injury or an illness, that could be catastrophic. It can wipe out people's savings."

"Knoxville is like most cities across the country," Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. "There are plenty of people that have been shut out of healthcare because it hasn't been offered say at their place of business. They're not able to afford it."

If you still need help getting signed up for health insurance on the marketplace at healthcare.gov, here's the full schedule of upcoming local enrollment events sponsored by the city:

1. Wednesday, March 12 (3-7 p.m.) – Roane State Community College, West Broadway, Lenoir City

2. Every Saturday and Sunday through March 29 (1-5 p.m.) – Blount County Library, North Cusick St., Maryville

3. Saturday, March 15 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave.

4. Wednesday, March 19 (3-7 p.m.) – South Knox Community Center, 522 Maryville Pike

5. Saturday, March 22 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Pellissippi State Technical Community College's Magnolia Campus, 1610 E. Magnolia Ave.

6. Saturday, March 29 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) – Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 1807 Dandridge Ave.

7. Monday, March 31 (3-8 p.m.) – Cherokee Health Systems, 2018 Western Ave.

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