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Health care forum set for Thursday

NATCHEZ — Government, health care and insurance representatives will gather Thursday at the Natchez City Auditorium to offer residents clarity on facts of the Affordable Care Act at a public forum.

Mayor Butch Brown said the goal of the forum is to take politics out of the discussion of Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“We’re going to talk to you about the law and the facts and not political jargon,” he said.

Speakers for the health care forum will include U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director Pamela Roshell, Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon, Stacey Carter of Humana Mississippi, Roy Mitchell of Cover Mississippi and Thomas Thompson of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Discussion is expected to include coverage for young adults, stopping insurance companies from dropping coverage, denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions, annual, lifetime dollar limits and more.

The forum will be from 5-7 p.m. in the auditorium at 100 Jefferson St.

Panelists will be available after 7 p.m. to answer questions about health care, including how to sign up on the health care exchange and choosing the right coverage for a business.

Residents can also sign up for insurance in the Humana Mobile Education and Enrollment mobile center from beginning at 3 p.m.

Humana representatives are traveling the state to offer free one-on-one meetings with residents. Anyone can speak to the Humana-certified health insurance agents to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and their health care options.

The forum is sponsored by the City of Natchez, City of Vidalia, Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce, the Concordia Chamber of Commerce and others.