“Obamacare” Workshop Targeting Latinos to be Held in Newark’s North Ward


Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. is hosting a workshop to help Newark residents learn more about the Affordable Care Act and sign up for health insurance on site.

The workshop is being held Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Vince Lombardi Community Center, 201 Bloomfield Avenue, Newark. Spanish-speaking enrollment counselors will be on hand to help those with limited English-language skills.

With the end of open enrollment approaching on February 15, officials and representatives from major health insurance providers will be on hand to provide community members with the resources they need to receive health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”

The event will feature guest speaker Bess Evans, the associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. With more options available and easier enrollment processes, residents can join the more than 200,000 New Jerseyans who have already enrolled.

"There are still far too many people in Newark, especially in the Latino community, who are eligible for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but for one reason or another, haven’t signed up for it," Ramos said. "I am committed to helping as many residents as possible sign up for health insurance under this program."

Residents who are interested in signing up for health insurance should bring their Social Security card, income tax or proof of income, proof of citizenship or legal residence and have an email address.

In addition to Ramos, the workshop is being hosted by Mayor Ras Baraka and the Newark Municipal Council as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Puerto Rican Congress, Aspira New Jersey, La Casa de Don Pedro, Focus and The North Ward Center.

For further information, please call the councilman’s office at (973) 732-4485.

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