Affordable Care Act explained at Jan. 22 Lunch and Learn Seminar

The Affordable Care Act is now in full swing and many Nolan County residents are still puzzled as to what this means to them and their families. Helping resolve any uncertainties and getting you covered is what Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) hopes to accomplish at their next Lunch and Learn Seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Christal Martin with the West Central Texas Council of Governments will be the guest speaker at the upcoming event. She will present critical information about the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare”. The program will help attendees understand the importance of new health insurance choices, how much it will cost individuals and families, and how to register for a plan. Important information will also be shared at the seminar about how to qualify for financial assistance to pay for health insurance premiums. “The healthcare industry is constantly changing, and with new legislation, many of the changes now directly affect individuals,” said Donna Boatright, administrator of RPMH. “We want to help ease the anxiety the Affordable Care Act may have on some people and help them get covered with the right insurance plan.” Open enrollment to buy health insurance ends on March 31, 2014. To buy insurance outside the open enrollment date, individuals must qualify for a special enrollment period due to a life event such as changes in employment, marriage, divorce and child births, among others. The Lunch and Learn Seminar on the Affordable Care Act will be on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the RPMH Emergency Department classroom. The event will be held from noon until 1 p.m., and includes a brownbag lunch. The seminar is free to attend, but space is limited and expected to reach capacity. Interested individuals must register before Jan. 21, by calling 325-235-1701 ext. 221. A support team will be in place following the seminar until 4 p.m. to help individuals with specific questions or to register for an insurance plan. Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital provides healthcare for those in the communities they serve. Founded in 1976, the hospital offers a wealth of medical services including: 24 hour emergency care, advanced radiology services including CT scanning and MRIs, outpatient lab, physical therapy, surgical services, swing bed services, patient education, home health and assistive services, and more. For additional information, please visit