Fulton County is offering free help in signing up for health insurance through Jan. 31 at several locations, including the North Fulton Government Service Center in Sandy Springs.

Trained health insurance “navigators” will help people with insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare”; with Georgia Medicaid; and with Georgia PeachCare for Kids.

The navigators can help people figure out if they are eligible for coverage, and help them apply for financial assistance, compare health plans and sign up.

For Affordable Care Act enrollment, people can get a head start by opening at account at healthcare.gov. For people who do not have a computer, the Fulton County navigators can sign them up on computers at the Service Center.

Health insurance enrollment usually takes 60 to 90 minutes, according to a county press release. People should bring official identification; proof of current insurance, if any; and proof of income, such as recent paycheck stubs, W-2 forms or wage and tax statements, if appropriate.

The free help is provided by the county’s Department of Health and Wellness in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and Insure Georgia, a nonpartisan organization created to offer health insurance sign-up help. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, call 404-612-2273.

The North Fulton Service Center is at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The health insurance navigators are available for walk-in visitors every Tuesday through Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except that there is no service on Dec. 27.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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