Last night, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) hosted an Affordable Care Act town hall with representatives from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield at the Urban League of Hudson County. Well over fifty people from across the community attended to learn about the new Health Care Marketplaces and how President Obama's new health care law will affect them and their families.
The session provided constituents with critical information about the benefits and obligations under the Affordable Care Act, the coverage options available, and how individuals can enroll in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. It also provided an opportunity for constituents to get answers to their questions about the new health care law.
Congressman Payne, Jr. said:
"Good Evening. I would like to begin by welcoming you to this forum on the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.
"Tonight, you will be presented with a wealth of information and resources. I urge you to view my office as a constant resource. Do not hesitate to visit or call us for further assistance with responding to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act or any other federal level assistance you may need.
"The Affordable Care Act has garnered both praise and confusion. However, many feelings about this new law are driven by a lack of information or misinformation. Regardless of your opinion, I urge you to listen with an open mind to the opportunities and obligations that exist within this law so that you can benefit as much as possible.
"The Affordable Care Act is about securing affordable, quality and accessible health care as a right, not a privilege, for every American. It's about a healthier America. Today's presentation will provide an in-depth explanation of the new law and its implications for you and your family.
"Thank you for your attendance and your attention."