Van Buren County residents with questions about the much-discussed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

will have an opportunity to hear more and ask questions Thursday, Aug. 1, at a town hall meeting.

The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Petit Jean Electric Community Room, 270 Quality Drive, Clinton.

The town hall meetings are part of the “Get In” education campaign that is aimed at encouraging all Arkansans to get insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The federal law requires that all Americans be insured by Jan. 1, 2014, or face penalties for opting out. The act also makes it illegal for consumers to be denied coverageor be charged more for pre-existing conditions.

Beginning Oct. 1, Arkansans can shop for and purchase plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace that cover the 10 Essential Health Benefits ranging from inpatient and outpatient services to prescription drugs and maternity care. The new law also provides subsidies, based on income, that will help residents purchase health insurance.

At the town hall meeting, Van Buren County residents can get answers to questions; learn about costs and coverage options; learn where to get one-on-one assistance; and find out how to enroll.

“The Affordable Care Act makes health insurance an attainable goal for every Arkansan, and we are excited to tell them about that,” said David Deere, executive director of Partners for Inclusive Communities. “We wanted to hold these town hall meetings to help address some of the misconceptions and clear up some of the misinformation that’s out there. Arkansans without insurance can breathe easier because this law is taking effect. We want everyone to get informed and ‘Get In.’”

The University of Arkansas Partners for Inclusive Communities teamed with the Arkansas Insurance Department to host meetings in each of the state’s 75 counties.

For more information about the Van Buren County town hall meeting, call Monica Brewster at (501) 682-9900 or (800) 342-2923 or e-mail Residents unable to attend may visit or call 855-283-3483 for information.