By CALVIN ADKINS
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
PRINCEVILLE — An Affordable Care Act (ACA) seminar that will assist participants in applying for the program will be held at 6 p.m. today and again on Dec. 19 at Positive Generation In Christ Altar Center on 934 Greenwood Boulevard in Princeville.
Ron Corlew, the owner of The C Group Brokerage, LLC, will be the presenter along with his assistant, Princeville Commissioner Isabelle Purvis-Andrews, an agent with the company. The first seminar is 11 days before the deadline (Dec. 23) to apply for ACA in order for it to take effect on Jan. 1.
Purvis-Andrews, a 30-year veteran licensed insurance agent, was a major player in bringing the seminar to her home town. She said she went through vigorous training to become a certified ACA insurance agent.
The seminar will include a video slide show about ACA, detailed explanations about the program. There will also be a question and answer session and participants can compare their current policy with ACA.
Participants are asked to bring social security cards and proof of income.
"This is something that our people need to learn more about," she said. "I'm very concerned about the the health of Princeville citizens as well as others in the surrounding areas."
The (ACA) also known as Obamacare, was signed into law March 23 with the goal of increasing the quality and affordability of health insurance, lowering the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage and reducing the costs of healthcare for individuals and the government.
After the law went into effect, a computer glitch threaten the possibility insurance policy cancellations for millions of Americans.
The ACA has been under intense and increasing scrutiny since it was first introduced by President Obama. Purvis-Andrews, a Democrat, is an advocate for the law.
"It is so many people who don't have insurance and so many people who are paying too much for insurance," she said. "This will give these people a chance to have affordable healthcare. This is very important in my community. We have so many people who don't go to the doctor because they can't afford it. They come down with serious illness that could be treatable only if they go to the doctor. I don't want nobody to die because of that. I'm very concern about these people. I'm trying to get as many people as possible to understand — help them get the right healthcare plan for their families."
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that nearly 365,000 Americans had signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare. The vast majority came from 14 states running their own insurance exchanges, while 137,000 came by way of HealthCare.gov, the much-faulted federal Web site that handles enrollment for the remaining states.
"We don't know how long it is going to last therefore we are encouraging everyone who qualify to apply," Purvis-Andrews said. "It may stop. We don't know what's going to happen when President Obama leaves office.