The Office of the Insurance Commissioner said yesterday that the Affordable Care Act town hall meetings scheduled for Rota today, Oct. 17, 2013, has been postponed due to the inclement weather.
Because the outreach on Rota has to be rescheduled to the last week of October, the CNMI Consumer Assistance Program will be giving presentations to government agencies and private businesses on Saipan this week.
The Rota town hall meetings, designed to inform local officials, government employees and the general public of the new rights afforded to the health care consumer under the Affordable Care Act, have been rescheduled for Monday, Oct. 28, from 6pm to 7pm at the Mayor’s Office conference room in Songsong. Government employees will be able to attend a presentation in the afternoon of Oct. 28, also at the Mayor’s Office. For Sinapalo residents, the CAP will be available to answer questions on the Affordable Care Act from 3:30pm on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Rota Youth Center, with a presentation scheduled to start at 5pm.
The American Memorial Park Theater is the tentative venue for the Saipan public meeting next Friday evening, Oct. 25, from 6pm to 7:30pm, provided that the federal shutdown does not continue and the park is reopened. Alternative locations for the Saipan town hall meeting have not been established. Contact the CAP office for a location update if the park is still closed next week for the Oct. 25 town hall meeting.
Commerce Secretary Sixto Igisomar and advocacy officer Kaitlyn Neises-Mocanu began outreach on Tinian last week and, with the help of the Mayor’s Office and Tinian Department of Commerce, meetings and presentations on the Affordable Care Act reached more than 70 people. The CAP also established working relationships with the Tinian Department of Commerce and the Tinian Mayor’s Office to coordinate future outreach activities, and introduced the CAP to local community leaders to begin raising awareness of services the CAP offers to the public.
Created earlier this year with federal grant funds, the CNMI Consumer Assistance Program assists health care consumers in the CNMI by informing consumers of their rights and the new rules that insurance companies must follow. The CAP also assists consumers when filing complaints and appeals and advocates for the consumer in public policy matters. The Consumer Assistance Program’s mission is to educate, assist and protect the CNMI health care consumer.
Learn more about the Affordable Care Act in the CNMI at cnmicap.wordpress.com. (Office of the Governor)