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PCC site of press conference Oct. 9 to launch education campaign on Affordable Care Act

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Posted: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 3:41 pm

Pima Community College will be the site of a press conference on Oct. 9 launching a statewide campaign to give college students and other young adults the facts about the Affordable Care Act.

The press conference will be on the student mall of PCC’s East Campus, 8181 E. Irvington Road, at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 9.

PCC Chancellor Lee D. Lambert and Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director Herb K. Schultz will join the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Young Invincibles, who together are releasing a new guide, So You Need Health Insurance. Now What? Arizona Health Insurance 101.

“Many young adults either do not have health insurance or are in a position to lose their current coverage in the near future, but are unsure what to do next,” said Diane E. Brown, executive Director for the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. “Young adults, similar to many Arizonans, often have questions about health insurance and need facts and information to make good decisions that won’t break the bank.”

“It is important that PCC, as an institution of higher learning, lets our students, faculty, staff and community know about their legal rights and options regarding healthcare,” said Chancellor Lambert, who earlier this month appeared in a video about the ACA with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and HHS Regional Director Schultz.

On October 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for Arizonans looking for health insurance. By visiting the Health Insurance Marketplace website at healthcare.gov, consumers can compare different insurance plans apples to apples, and find out about financial help they may qualify for to help lower their premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

“The Health Insurance Marketplace, www.healthcare.gov, is open for business,” said HHS Regional Director Schultz. “In the past, many students and young adults had gone without health insurance because it cost too much or were denied coverage because of a preexisting condition – like asthma.  Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, affordable, quality coverage is accessible and folks will no longer have to worry about weighing the cost of a medical procedure against cost of tuition or rent or being denied or charged more because of a health condition.”

As part of educating young adults about the Affordable Care Act, Erin Hemlin, National Organizing & Programs Manager for the Young Invincibles, said it is important for young people to understand how health coverage can impact their economic future. “Young people get in car accidents, they tear their ACLs -- accidents happen and we need to be prepared for those ‘what ifs’,” Hemlin said.

Throughout the week, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Young Invincibles will be hosting events on college campuses in Pima and Maricopa counties to provide information, answer questions and involve young adults in reaching out to their friends and peers.

For more information: Diane E. Brown (602) 318-2779 (c)

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