The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

October 9, 2013

SALS offers aid in signing up for the Affordable Health Care Act

— As the Affordable Health Care Act is getting under way, Southern Appalachian Labor School (SALS) has joined the effort to assist those in Fayette County and the Upper Kanawha Valley in completing applications.

SALS has community assisters to help families in the enrollment process. They will be at the following locations in this schedule; all hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

-- Gauley Bridge Community Center (old high school), Oct. 15, Nov. 5

-- Upper Kanawha Valley Community Center, Oct. 17

-- Mount Hope City Hall, Oct. 22, Nov. 22

-- Montgomery City Hall, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 (hot dogs available this day)

A short educational presentation will be made at 10 a.m. in each location. A schedule for December will be posted soon.

If people receive benefits from the SNAP program, they should have received a letter and form asking them to sign and return to DHHR. This will automatically enroll you in the Medicaid Expansion Program. There is still time to sign and return this form.

To enroll, bring Social Security cards for everyone in your family that they are enrolling, check stubs or W-2 forms or proof of income for anyone in their family that has an income, policy numbers for any insurance that they currently have, and document numbers for anyone who is an eligible immigrant who wants health coverage.

SALS is providing this as a community service in partnership with West Virginians for Affordable Health Care and its sponsors. People are advised that the system is slow with so many families applying for coverage. SALS would appreciate the patience of those who seek to be served.

While the sign up period opened Oct. 1, coverage will not begin until Jan. 1.

For additional information, leave a short message (state your name and phone slowly and twice) at 304-465-9732.