Affordable Health Care Information Offered in Conjunction With National Youth Enrollment Day

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Allegany College of Maryland is hosting Door to HealthCare Western Maryland on Thursday, Jan. 29, as part of National Youth Enrollment Day to inform young adults about new, low-cost health insurance options under the federal Affordable Care Act

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Nearly half of uninsured young adults report problems paying medical bills, according to Get Covered America, a national sponsor of the Jan. 29 event.

Door to HealthCare Western Maryland, an effort to help Marylanders access affordable health coverage, is participating in National Youth Enrollment Day with a local event on Thursday, Jan. 29.

The information session, which is open to the community, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Allegany College of Maryland. It will take place in the Haines Student Lounge in the College Center.

This nationwide event will educate uninsured young adults about new, low-cost health insurance options under the federal Affordable Care Act. In Maryland, these are accessed through the state’s health insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection.

The second National Youth Enrollment Day, which is being observed by dozens of organizations across the country, is an effort to reach the one in five young adults who lack insurance before Feb. 15, the last day of open enrollment.

Young adults, who represent the most uninsured of all age groups, are more likely than any other to end up in a hospital emergency room, aside from the elderly.

They have the lowest rate of access to employer-based insurance -- the most common source of health insurance for working-age adults -- yet one in six has a chronic illness such as cancer, diabetes or asthma.

Nearly half of uninsured young adults report problems paying medical bills, according to Get Covered America, a national sponsor of the Jan. 29 event.

Rob Rephan, who represents Door to HealthCare Western Maryland in Allegany County, will visit ACM’s College Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day to inform students and other young adults about their health insurance options under the ACA.

Rephan, a Healthy Howard Inc. assister whose local office is at the Allegany County Health Department, will also visit the college campus the following day.

His Friday, Jan. 30 appearance, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., coincides with an event welcoming ACM students back to campus. Members of the community also may meet with him then.

Rephan may be contacted for more information at 301-759-5098 or rrephan@healthyhoward. The website, http://www.doortohealthcare.org, is another source of information.

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