Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – NewsChannel 9 is going in depth, to let you know about free health screenings and information for Central New Yorkers this Saturday.
The annual Get Health Connected Screening Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Community School, 416 E. Raynor Ave. in Syracuse.
Free screenings will be available for the following:
• Blood pressure
• Breast cancer
• Glucose (diabeties)
• Colorectal cancer
• Peripheral artery disease
• Prostate cancer
• Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
You will need to call ahead and make an appointment for Breast cancer or Prostate cancer screenings at 315-464-8668. All other screenings are available without an appointment.
You can also call to set up free transportation to the event. Free parking will be available.Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is expected to be a big topic of discussion at the Get Health Connected event.
The government has released updated numbers on how much health care will cost, when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.
Monthly premium rates will be 16 percent lower than originally expected.
The average cost for an individual policy will be $328, that's before any tax credits are added in for low and middle income people.
If you don't have health insurance, you can sign up starting Tuesday, Oct. 1. It goes into effect Jan. 1.
If you already have health insurance, whether private or through work, you are not required to sign up.Fidelis Care provided the following frequently asked questions:
Question: Open enrollment begins October 1. What does this mean for the 2.6 million New York State residents who are uninsured?
Answer: The Affordable Care Act (also known as the MarketPlace) offers people affordable health insurance options. The levels of coverage (platinum, gold, silver, bronze, catastrophic) and prices are easy to compare. Also, many people may qualify for government subsidies or tax credits to make the monthly premiums even lower.
Question: What about the people who say, "I'm healthy, I don't need insurance?"
Answer: The government is requiring all Americans to be insured in 2014. If you don't have coverage, there may be a mandatory tax penalty. But health insurance also offers a piece of mind - you can't predict an emergency or health crisis, but you can predict that without insurance, it would be expensive.
Question: For anyone out there who is interested, how do they get more information?
Answer: On the web at healthcare.gov
. They also can call 1-888-FIDELIS to speak to a representative. They also have a lot of information on our website: fideliscare.org
. There is an entire section devoted to the Marketplace and also a link to the subsidy calculator so people can find out if they qualify for government subsidies to lower their payments.