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Originally published: 2014-02-12 19:17:27
Last modified: 2014-02-12 19:19:43

Obamacare help available locally

Caroline Harris / (

If you are interested in signing up for Obamacare, now is the time. Figuring out the system can be difficult to navigate. To help out, health services in the High Country have enlisted the help of trained Navigators.

Navigator Cindy Williams of the Council on Aging of Buncombe County and certified application counselor Dory Trimble of High Country Health offer the free service of providing information about eligibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act and can help potential Obamacare recipients sign up for coverage.

The deadline for enrollment for coverage in 2014 is March 31. If enrolled on March 15, coverage begins April 1. 

Williams and Trimble are available for scheduled meetings, which usually take 60 to 90 minutes start to finish.

To make the process easier, it is recommended to bring the social security number for yourself and everyone in your tax-filing household, an estimate of your income for 2014 and information about any employee-provided insurance you have access to, even if it is not affordable to you.

Other helpful documents for estimating income can be a tax return or a recent check stub.

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