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Newton Commissioners, State Rep. to host Affordable Care Act forum Saturday

COVINGTON — County and state leaders want to give residents an opportunity to learn the facts about the Affordable Care Act and the health care marketplace.

State Rep. Pam Dickerson of Conyers and Newton County Commissioners Lanier Sims and Nancy Schulz will hold a town hall meeting from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Newton College and Career Academy in Covington.

Dickerson, who represents portions of Rockdale, Newton and Gwinnett counties, said a few of the “experts will attend the meeting and residents will receive the answers to any questions they have.”

University of Georgia Family and Consumer Sciences Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach Deborah Murray along with Whitney Horton of Enroll American and a Health Initiative representative will participate in a panel discussion to inform citizens about health care options.

“I think there’s been a lot of confusion and misinformation lingering about the Affordable Care Act,” Schulz said. “We’re getting to the point where the website is up and running, so we’re closer to the point where people really need to start weighing their options.”

Dickerson said it’s an important meeting for residents to learn the facts from professionals in the health care field.

The meeting will be open to everyone, and Schulz said she hopes to see about 50 to 75 people attend since it is scheduled so close to the holiday season.

Those interested in signing up for health care insurance can do so at healthcare.gov.

If you go

What: Town hall meeting about health care marketplace

When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Newton County College and Career Academy, 144 Ram Drive, Covington