In good news for the, oh, 101 percent of us somewhat baffled by how the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) will impact us personally, Cornell Cooperative Extension is offering a number of workshops in the North Country for individuals, small businesses and farms on how the new law, which is gradually coming into effect even as we speak.
Text of the Cooperative Extension’s press release below:
Affordable Care Workshops Set for Farms, Small Businesses & Individuals in Canton, Lowville, Malone, Plattsburg, Watertown, Westport in September
New federal healthcare law will soon change the way businesses and employees obtain health insurance. To help farmers, small business owners and individuals learn about the new federal health care reform law known as the Affordable Care Act, the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Associations of Northern New York will hold free workshops at six regional sites in September.
Pre-registration is requested by September 20, 2013. The Northern New York Affordable Care Act Workshops will be held:
Tuesday, September 24, 1-3pm, CCE office, Plattsburgh, Peter Hager, 518- 561-7450
Westport: Tuesday, September 24, 7-9pm, CCE office, Westport, Anita Deming, 518-962-4810
Wednesday, September 25, 1-3pm, 911 Building, Malone, Harry Fefee, 518-483-7403
Wednesday, September 25, 7-9pm, CCE office, Canton, Anita Figueras, 315-379-9192
Thursday, September 26, 1-3pm, CCE office, Watertown, Peggy Murray, 315-376-5270
Thursday, September 26, 7-9pm, CCE office, Lowville, Peggy Murray, 315-376-5270.
The CCE workshops on the Affordable Care Act will address a wide range of questions including those about the Individual Exchange for sole proprietors and individuals and the Small Business Health Options Exchange. Cornell Cooperative Extension educators Kirk Shoen, Sandra Buxton, and Ashley Pierce are specially trained to deliver the most current information on the program.
Employers with more than 50 full-time equivalent employees will be mandated to provide workers with health insurance by 2015. Before the end of 2013, employers of all sizes must explain how to obtain health insurance to their employees.
Every individual in the U.S. will be required to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty.
“If you do not have health insurance, there will be a penalty of $95 or one percent of your annual income – whichever is highest on your 2013 tax return,” says Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County Director Anita Deming. “Some businesses may be eligible for tax credits if they are not in a mandated size category and chose to provide insurance for their workers.”
CCE is one of 34 organizations working in partnership with the Community Service Society of New York to help small businesses fully understand the new healthcare requirements. CCE provides equal program and employment opportunities.