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Richland Library plans 12-hour sign-up sessions for ACA deadline

Community health specialist Sharita Moultrie prepares to meet with a customer for the federal health care market place in her office at the Richland Library last month.
Community health specialist Sharita Moultrie prepares to meet with a customer for the federal health care market place in her office at the Richland Library last month. bmarchant@thestate.com

The Richland Library is holding two all-day sign-up sessions for anyone who still needs to sign up for health-care insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Thursday is the deadline to sign up under “Obamacare” to ensure coverage begins Jan. 1, and the library will be hosting two 12-hour sign-up sessions at its main branch at 1431 Assembly St.

Social workers and health-care navigators with the Palmetto Project will be on hand to guide people through the sign up process from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Experts have said patients still should get health-insurance coverage even though President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to repeal the Obamacare law. Enrolling now will ensure coverage continues for at least another year, and Republicans in Congress now are talking about a multi-year delay in the repeal.

Open enrollment will continue until Jan. 31 for policies that will kick in later in 2017.

To schedule an appointment, you call (803) 231-6330 or click here.

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