Students assisting Obamacare registration

For Immediate Release:  Feb. 19, 2014

Bloomsburg University's Social Work Program

BLOOMSBURG — Students at Bloomsburg University are helping local residents enroll in health care plans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program is available at Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, Mifflinville, on Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m. and at Wesley United Methodist Church, Bloomsburg, on Tuesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. through March 31.

ACA Health Insurance Enrollment Opportunities aims to assist as many people as possible before the March 31 health care enrollment deadline, according to Shiloh Erdley, assistant professor of social work. A total of 21 BU students and faculty have been trained as Certification Assistance Counselors (CACs), whose role is to meet with people one-on-one to educate them about their options for health care enrollment and provide resources under ACA, also referred to as “Obamacare.”

“There is nobody that health care does not affect,” said Erdley, also a CAC trainer, emphasizing that Bloomsburg and the surrounding area have many people in rural isolation with great need.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.