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Six NH organizations receive grants to help people use new insurance marketplace

At a news conference today, the New Hampshire Health Plan announced the six organizations that will receive grants to provide assistance to New Hampshire residents seeking insurance through the new federal marketplace.

The groups are: Foundation for Healthy Communities (Concord), Greater Derry Community Health Services (Derry), ServiceLink Resource Center Consortium (Laconia), North Country Health Consortium (Littleton), The Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire (Manchester), and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (West Lebanon).

New Hampshire Health Plan will also coordinate a statewide education and outreach campaign.

The health insurance marketplaces opening today are one of the key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The marketplaces are basically websites where people can shop for health insurance and tax credits to help pay for it. Individuals with incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($11,500 to $46,000 for an individual in 2013) may qualify for tax credits and subsidies to reduce what they pay out-of-pocket for care.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is also one of the two organizations that received federal grants for state-wide efforts as navigators to help people work through the site. The other is Bi-State PRimary Care Association.

Despite the federal government shut down that began at midnight, the marketplaces are expected to work as planned today.

To schedule an appointment with a navigator to receive one-on-one, in-person help enrolling, call Planned Parenthood at 1-866-476-1321 or Bi-State at 228-2830 x160.

Additional information can be obtained by emailing getcoverednh@ppnne.org or by visiting www.bistatepca.org/find-a-health-center/nh.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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