State Employees Association Plans ACA Informational Sessions at Community College Campuses
The State Employees’ Association of NH (SEA/SEIU Local 1984) announced today a series of upcoming information sessions at New Hampshire community college campuses to help inform NH residents about new healthcare provisions and resources available through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
SEIU Local 1984 volunteers and staff will conduct informational sessions at Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH) campuses to inform CCSNH part-time employees, adjunct faculty members, students and members of the general public about the newly opened NH Health Insurance Marketplace and how to sign up for one of the plans that are available through Anthem. “Even though the majority of SEA members already receive health insurance through their employer,” said Diana Lacey, SEA President, “there are thousands of members, including adjunct faculty members at the Community College System of New Hampshire and Plymouth State University, as well as State of New Hampshire and CCSNH employees who are in part-time positions who do not have health benefits. They will now be able to get the coverage and peace of mind that brings.”
“We anticipate there will be many questions about the Affordable Care Act, and are working in partnership with the State Employees Association to provide space for our employees, students and the communities we serve to learn more about the Act and what it means for them,” said CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell.
In addition to the informational sessions at community college campuses, the SEA plans to host a number of meetings and house parties that are open to members’ families and friends as part of the campaign. “Every one of our members has family, neighbors, or friends who do not have health insurance,” said Lacey. “We believe that everyone should be able to visit a doctor when they are sick, or have the medicine they need to help manage chronic disease.” The SEA has a long history of advocating for a healthy and financially secure middle class. “That extends beyond our membership. In lifting up all families, we will have a stronger and more vibrant NH population and economy,” said Lacey.
Open enrollment for the NH Marketplace began October 1, 2013 and will be in effect through March 31, 2014. Coverage will begin on January 1, 2014. If interested in signing up at the NH Marketplace visit www healthcare.gov. Check www.seiu1984.org for a calendar of education sessions near you.