Affordable Care Act open enrollment help event

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Affordable Care Act enrollment began November 1st, and Saturday in Parkersburg, an event was held by NaviCare to help those who may need assistance enrolling.

West Virginia NaviCare is a free service to help people sign up for health insurance. They took walk ins Saturday for anyone who needed help signing up or re-enrolling in their health insurance plan.

This year’s enrollment period is shorter than normal, and will end December 16th. Jeremy Smith of NaviCare says, "We just want to make sure that everybody gets health insurance. One car wreck, one surgery or one big doctor bill can bankrupt a family, if you don't have health insurance. It's really important that everyone has insurance and we're just really happy to provide that service to anybody out there that has questions.”

Smith adds, “A lot of folks are a little bit confused about their options for health insurance this year so it's really important to understand that nothing has really changed compared to last year. You can still buy your health insurance at healthcare.gov.”

If you were unable to make that walk-in event Saturday, you can still make a scheduled appointment with NaviCare before the enrollment period ends.