Northeast Times

Obamacare discussed at NORC gathering

Get­ting the facts: So­nia DeVan, a seni­or com­munity and pro­gram de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ist, ex­plained the Af­ford­able Care Act to mem­bers of the Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity last month. MARIA POUCH­NIKOVA / TIMES PHOTO

So­nia DeVan, of Gate­way Helps, re­cently had the chal­len­ging task of ex­plain­ing the fed­er­al Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Af­ford­able Care Act, aka Obama­care, to mem­bers of the Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity.

The law has been in place since March 2010. It is in­ten­ded to al­low fam­il­ies and small busi­ness own­ers who buy their own health cov­er­age to, start­ing in 2014, shop for af­ford­able private health in­sur­ance through the Af­ford­able In­sur­ance Ex­change.

En­roll­ment star­ted on Oct. 1 and will run through March.

By Jan. 1, 2015, phys­i­cian re­im­burse­ments will be tied to the qual­ity of care they provide.

DeVan, a seni­or com­munity and pro­gram de­vel­op­ment spe­cial­ist, ex­plained that the law is com­plic­ated, con­sid­er­ing it is more than 1,000 pages.

“People either really love this thing or really hate this thing,” she said.

DeVan iden­ti­fied her­self as a “mes­sen­ger,” jok­ingly ask­ing the guests not to throw their card­board lunch boxes at her.

The guests en­gaged in a spir­ited de­bate about hos­pit­al dis­charges, wheth­er it’s bet­ter to get ad­di­tion­al care or to go home to avoid get­ting any hos­pit­al in­fec­tions.

For more in­form­a­tion, call toll-free 1-877-GATE­WAY.

Kar­en Gur­mankin, an aide to U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, en­cour­aged con­stitu­ents to vis­it her of­fice at 7712 Castor Ave. or call 215-335-3355.

In oth­er news from the Sept. 25 meet­ing:

• Rhawn­hurst NORC, at 7520 Bustleton Ave., will host a care­giver sup­port group meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Call Vir­gin­ia Harr at 215-426-8610, Ext. 207 or Abby Gil­bert at 215-320-0351.

• Rides are avail­able for people 60 and older for med­ic­al ap­point­ments, trips to the gro­cery store, im­port­ant er­rands and to at­tend a class, group or pro­gram.

People in ZIP codes 19111, 19149 and 19152 can call Rhawn­hurst NORC at 215-320-0351, Ext. 4. Res­id­ents of ZIP codes 19114, 19115 and 19116 can call Jew­ish In­form­a­tion and Re­fer­ral Ser­vices at 215-832-0821.

• A re­gistered nurse from the Im­macu­late Mary Home offered blood pres­sure test­ing for guests. ••

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

comments powered by Disqus