Nonprofits Will Teach about Health Care Options

FAIRBANKS-Federal officials and Alaska nonprofits are rushing to set up a health insurance marketplace which is required under the federal Affordable Care Act. The federal government gave grants to the United Way and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Each grant is worth $300,000 and will be used to build a network for Alaskans seeking health insurance options.  The first enrollment period runs from Octcober 1 through March 31. The Vice president of the United Way Anchorage, Sue Brogan says they will send health insurance “navigators” across the state to help people face-to-face.  To find a navigator near you, call the Alaska statewide information and referral system at 211. According to the Vice President, the goal is to empower people to make good health care choices.