Local clinic helps Mississippians understand new health care law

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Updated: 10/16/2013 9:50 am
MANTACHIE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Federal lawmakers may still be at odds over the Affordable Care Act, but it is still the law of the land.

That's why Joyce Johnson, a certified application counselor, is working to help North Mississippians understand their options.

"It's going to be something that everyone needs to remember that they have to shop for," said Johnson.

Johnson says Mantachie Rural Health Care is one of 20 Mississippi community health centers that received a grant from the Health Resource and Service Administration to hire a community outreach and enrollment coordinator.

"Most people just don't understand, and they just need someone who can explain it in everyday terms, which I try to do, and help them understand what it is going to mean for them and what they need to do based on their needs for themselves or their entire family," said Johnson.

Johnson says, if you have basic questions about the Affordable Care Act or need to sign up for health care, you can contact her, and best of all, the service is free.

"They can just call and set up an appointment to come in and talk to me. A lot of times, I can answer a lot of questions over the phone. Some people would like to just come in and just face-to-face meet," said Johnson.

Johnson says whether it is over the phone or in person, it's her goal to help the residents of Lee, Prentiss, Monroe and Itawamba counties apply and enroll in health care coverage before the March 31 deadline.

There is also a certified application counselor at Access Family Health Services in Smithville. Johnson says if you need help finding a certified application counselor in your area, you can send the Mantachie Clinic an email.
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