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Healthcare Helping Hand In Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Time is running out for Iowans to sign up for a Health Insurance plan that will take effect within the New Year. The deadline is December 23rd.

Its easy to get lost when wading through the details of Health Insurance Sign Up. Marilyn Beauregard has been there. She went to her insurance company for help.

"They gave me an application to fill and that was about it, said Beauregard.

So Marilyn and more than 100 other people with similar stories look to community groups.

"This should help allay their fears, and give them more background information for them to use, said AARP Volunteer Mary Muehl.

"We know how confusing this is and we just want you to get the answers you need, Linn County Community Care Affordable Healthcare Education and Outreach Specialist Jeff Tourdot told the crowd.

The goal is to put people with questions about their insurance coverage in the same room with people who can give them the best answers.

"Today they're learning exactly what options each carrier is going to provide for them, they're also learning about what deadlines they need to meet, said Tourdot.

"They are unsure if they qualify for tax credits. If they do, how much is that? How to use those tax credits, said Cooportunity Health Spokesperson Leigh McGivern.

Organizers say the target audience is anyone who isnt insured. But even for those who are covered right now, forums like this one allow them to look for something better.

"We're paying for health insurance out of our own pocket and I wanted to do some shopping...know where to go to shop, said Cedar Rapids Resident Barb Knockel.

And this effort lets the uninsured, and under-insured, know they have a helping hand.

"I hope that if you didn't hear anything else, that you heard that we care, said Tourdot.
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