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Free health resource expo offered Thursday at SVSU

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(03/27/14) - Enrolling in a health insurance program has become a top priority for many people - because the deadline to sign up is next Monday.

Blue Cross Blue Shied is hosting a informational program Thursday on the SVSU campus.

The federal government wants to make sure lots of healthy, young people sign up for the Affordable Healthcare Act.

So, Blue Cross is holding an expo at Curtiss Hall on the SVSU campus until 8 p.m. to answer questions and enroll people in the health insurance program. They say, if needed, they're willing to stay a little longer and answer health insurance questions.

"We understand there's a lot of confusion out there about the Affordable Care Act," said Christie Laster, of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

With the March 31 deadline right around the corner, people are concerned they may run out of time.

"Individuals are getting pretty anxious. They want to know, 'Where do I go? What do I have to do? What do I need in order to sign up?'" Laster said.

At Thursday's expo, health insurance professionals are guiding people through the enrollment process. If you come, bring your most recent W-2 tax forms.

"Also you'll need your Social Security number. If you have any health plan that may be expiring or something like that, it's important to have those health care policy numbers along with you," Laster said.

The owner of Saginaw Famous Fried Chicken enrolled his company and will offer health insurance to his employees.

"This will definitely raise morale and it will be another benefit to make us an employer of choice in the community," said Phillip Pruitt.

"At the end of the session, you can walk away knowing that pretty soon you're going to receive a card in the mail saying that you are covered, you have health insurance," Laster said.

"I couldn't get it taken care of through the computer, and so coming today made it so much easier face to face. I'm signed up now and ready to go," said Marianne Nichols, of Bay City.

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