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Health care system information session held

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 11/30/2013 7:28 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Terri Bell has not formed an opinion about the recent changes to the health care laws yet.
She, like many others, said they have been having trouble understanding the changes.

Bell said she wants to do something about it.

"People [have been] telling me bits and pieces of it," Bell said. "I'm coming out here, I want to know for my own self."

Bell and other members of the Tupelo community came to the Link Centre Saturday where a group called Cover Mississippi held a health care enrollment information session.

"As you know, the deadline for being signed up is December 23rd in order to be covered by January 1st," Catch Kids Executive Director Valerie Long said.

The group's goal is to make sure that everyone in the state has all the information they need regarding their health care.

"I think when it comes down to it, people just want to know what's going on," Certified Health Care Application Counselor Melissa Kuykendall said.

Kuykendall answers people's questions about the new laws and helps them apply to find out what benefits they qualify for.

"Because there is so much information out there from different groups, people just want to know what's going to happen to them," Kuykendall said.

Kuykendall said most people worry about possible fees.

"A lot of people are concerned about the penalty and they want to avoid the penalty," Kuykendall said.

She said coming to sessions like this one allows people to find out about possible subsidies they are eligible for.

Community members, like Dennis McCoy, said this session has been very beneficial to them.

"It's a great first step, and I am just glad that someone has taken the time to come to Tupelo and share this information with us," McCoy said.

He said anyone who has any questions about their health care needs to go to one of these sessions.
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