BREWER - Time is ticking away for individuals currently without health insurance to find a policy, or pay fines, under the Affordable Care Act.
Thursday night a free educational session was held at the Brewer Medical Center.
Those in attendance were able to learn more about the two major insurance carriers in Maine.
For many, it was an opportunity to speak with someone face to face.
"I've gotten a lot of information tonight. I've been told where to go and who to contact," Cynthia Esty, a woman who attended, says. "It's just what I needed. I'm not technologically savvy, so I really need the human contact. This has been wonderful. I applaud PCHC on doing this."
"It really encourages people to take charge of their health, and not to wait until they're sick to get care. We all know that it's more expensive if you do that," Shawn Yardley, director of community services at Penobscot Community Health Care, says. "For people who don't have insurance, it's a good thing to check out, and see what is available to them, and really find out what it will cost."
Yardley says those without insurance have until December 15 to choose a plan and pay their first premium.
Those who do not will face a penalty in 2014.
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