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Obamacare sign-ups to be on-hand at Campbell County courthouse

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LAFOLLETTE—Certified Advisor Counselors will be at the Campbell County Courthouse today (Thursday) from 6 to 8 p.m. to provide information and assistance for anyone wanting to sign up for health insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Sandy Webber is one of two Community Health of East Tennessee employees who have been helping to sign up folks before the Dec. 23 deadline to get coverage for January. Prospective insurees have until March 31 to sign up for coverage through 2014.

Webber guessed that 80 people have been able to register for the federal healthcare program through the CHET office in LaFollette since sign-ups began Oct. 1.

“We’ve had quite a rush over the past week. I think everybody is getting concerned about the deadline,” said Webber.

Webber said she is seeing a mix of older adults who aren’t old enough to qualify for Medicare and young adults working part-time jobs with no benefits who want to sign up for the program. Sign-ups can be done by computer, paper application or by telephone.

For more information, call Webber or Lee Ann Copeland at 423-562-1705. CHET office hours are 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m.

On the north side of the county, national healthcare sign-ups are being held at three family clinics under the direction of Dayspring, according to Jeff Moses.

He had no idea of the numbers of people signed up through Indian Mountain Clinic in Jellico, Clearfork Clinic in Clairfield or Cumberland River Clinic at Williamsburg, Ky. For more information, call Moses at 784-5777.