Bossard hosts health care info meetings

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — In its mission to disperse helpful information to the public, Bossard Memorial Library will host speakers to help local residents navigate the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act.

“In order to assist those in Gallia County with questions on the Affordable Care act, the library will have a certified navigator available here at the library,” said Bossard Memorial Library Director Deb Saunders. “We have two different dates that will occur — Nov. 17 and Nov. 20.”

According to Saunders, specialists will be available to speak with the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

“This certified navigator will be here to conduct one-on-one consultations about health insurance, the health insurance marketplace, qualified health plans and also programs such as Medicaid,” Saunders said. “Sometimes people might not be necessarily interested in looking at the Affordable Care Act and what that has to offer, but maybe they just had a general Medicaid question. So, they could stop in and (the navigator) could help with that.”

Saunders said the public will need to bring the birth dates of all individuals in their household, Social Security cards or numbers of those in the household and proof of income. Federal income tax returns or pay-stubs with the current year for all individuals in the household should suffice as proof of income.

“If they bring that information with them, this navigator can help them determine what (insurance) plan is right for them and help enroll them,” Saunders said. “The navigator won’t necessarily say they must follow a particular plan, but will help give them some guidance because sometimes people have no idea what’s going (with health care plans). As part of our mission with helping, not only with lifelong learning, but just being a resource and a community center for Gallia County, this also fulfills part of that mission.”

On Nov. 21, Bossard Memorial Library will also be hosting a game day as part of International Games Day sponsored by the American Library Association. From 1-4 p.m., the library will have a variety of board games and card games set up that patrons can come and indulge in. Games can be played with others in the community. Saunders listed Yahtzee, Checkers, Chutes and Ladders as well as other games available to all ages.

“We’ll actually have someone here who can teach people how to play chess,” Saunders said. “Some people in our community maybe have not been exposed to that. This is to celebrate International Games Day. The day is designed to celebrate the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.”

Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright