MARTINSBURG, Wv.— One local church hosted two community events Saturday to educate
"One family came up to us and said you know, thank you very much you don't know how much we appreciate it and how blessed you have made us," said Michelle Page, who created and organized the coat drive.
The day was not just about handing out items to those in need. Several organizations, including the NAACP of Berkeley County and the Eastern Panhandle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, also teamed up to provide knowledge about the Affordable Care Act at the church.
"People are here today just to get a coat so they wouldn't be cold this winter,” said LeeAnn Shreve of West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. “It's just a way to share information and help those who are less fortunate."Under the new health care law,
"Just had a lady here who was really surprised. Her children were on CHIP, but she and her husband could never get health insurance,” said Shreve. “As she looked through the new guidelines, they more than qualified, and she was so excited."
Those like Shreve want people to know that everyone should check whether or not they can get better coverage through the affordable care act.
"Some people feel there's a stigma attached to it,” said Shreve. “There's no stigma, if you qualify for it, sign up for it."
It’s a message they want to get out before the enrollment deadline. For those who want coverage through the federal government's marketplace starting January first, you must sign up by December 23rd.
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