UConnPIRG to hold info session Obamacare
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
On Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m., the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group (ConnPIRG)’s student chapter at UConn, known as UConnPIRG, is organizing an event on Fairfield Way to teach students about the Affordable Care Act.
Daniel Byrd, UConnPIRG’s Healthcare 101 campaign coordinator, said they “will be hosting several important individuals from the university and health care system to speak on this issue, including Mike Kurland, UConn director of Health Services, and Alyssa Yacone from Access Health CT.”
While the event is not organized or run by the university, UConn president Susan Herbst will also be in attendance.
Byrd also said the event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend.
Throughout the United States, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as Obamacare, began last week on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Since then, many states have seen record numbers for people registering online.
Since they are already automatically covered under their parents’ plans until the age of 26, most students do not necessarily have to choose a health plan but many often do. However, in Connecticut, residents can visit the state’s new online marketplace, Access Health CT, at www.AccessHealthCT.com to find which type of coverage works best for them.
While enrollment began at the beginning of October, the Affordable Care Act takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014.