With the deadline to register for the Affordable Care Act looming, a series of sessions in Red Bank will give residents a chance to ask questions and get help applying.Information, Counseling & Enrollment Assistance Sessions being sponsored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be held from noon till six on March 5th, 12th, 19th, and the 26th at Lunchbreak on 121 Dr. James Parker Blvd.
The sessions will feature trained specialists who can assist residents.

Anyone without health insurance is invited to attend as well as those who are interested in learning more about options available to them through the exchange. However anyone Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries are not required to enroll.

“This is for everybody else who doesn’t have access to either employer sponsored health insurance or has been unable to get in the individual market,” said Ray Hurd, Regional Administrator with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Though the deadline to enroll is March 31st, as of February first in New Jersey one hundred and forty eight thousand people had signed up for qualified health plans out of roughly nine hundred thousand that were estimated to be eligible.

If residents don’t enroll by March 31st they could be forced to pay fines until November, which is the next enrollment date.

Applicants will be asked to have their Social Security Numbers, Birth date, and income information.

“As part of the Affordable Care Act, the only thing that is relevant for cost of the plan is income. You will not get asked any questions about your health because we can no longer preclude people because of pre-existing condition.”