Libraries offer free healthcare information and enrollment help

Date Published: 
February 14, 2014

The March 31 deadline for open enrollment for health insurance required by the Affordable Care Act is looming. So, 10 local libraries are hosting information and enrollment sessions to guide people through the new program.

“We educate and inform consumers about marketplaces, any question they may have. I try to answer anything that may be bothering them,” said Christopher Casazza, lead marketplace guide and a supervisor at the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care.

At the free sessions, anyone can work with federally certified guides, who can simply answer any questions or even walk individuals through the entire enrollment process.

The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care guides will be able to describe different health plans, as well as possible tax credits and cost reductions.

Individuals who currently have health insurance may also research whether they’re eligible for more affordable insurance. They can also check to see if their doctors are in a certain network, if prescriptions are covered or if their spouse is covered by the plan.

There are no requirements to enroll during the sessions, even if people complete the process right up to that point.

“Anything we do is free of charge. My company is a nonprofit corporation. … There’s not a quota that I have to meet, no financial compensation for signing something,” Casazza said.

To enroll at the event, individuals need to bring: the birth dates of those applying for coverage; Social Security numbers of those applying for coverage; paystubs, W-2 forms or other information about the family’s income; if applicable, policy/member numbers for any current health coverage; and information about any health coverage from a job that’s available to them or their family (if applicable).

“My main goal is to be able to talk to as many people as possible,” Casazza said.

For more information or to schedule a private consultation, contact Christopher Casazza’s Georgetown office at (302) 853-5524 or email casazzac@dfmc.org.

Free ACA information and enrollment sessions

Georgetown library — Feb. 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Delmar library — Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Laurel library — Feb. 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Frankford library — Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Milton library — Feb. 28 and March 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

South Coastal Library — March 1 from 10 to 11 a.m. and March 8 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Selbyville library — March 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and March 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Seaford library — March 5 and March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Bridgeville library — March 7 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Rehoboth library — March 10 and March 17 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.