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Obamacare Navigator

The deadline for the Affordable Health Care Act is looming, and Long Islanders may be scratching their heads about what type of health insurance will suit them best.  A new website, LongIslandObamacare.com, was launched last week that seeks to clear up any misinformation and get the facts straight.

Site founder Jason Samel of Jaymar Insurance Agency, who was recently installed as the vice president of the Glen Cove Chamber of Commerce, says, “There is a lot of information out there about Obamacare, and it all has slants from different media sources. Frankly, it’s inaccurate, and the misinformation is confusing the public.”

As a result, his company launched www.longislandobamacare.com, a site that people can go to as a resource for information on the health care plan. Additionally, those interested can request a free seminar, and Samel and his team will present the information to small groups. He says they received their first request within 24 hours of launching the site.

“They told me their staff is confused and arguing about it, and they want to be better educated,” Samel says of the small business in Island Park who made the request.

Glen Cove resident Amy Peters is an example of someone who felt that confusion at the end of last year.

“In December, I was told my plan was no longer being offered...and the new plan was more expensive. I started poking around myself, and even when the glitches in the site were fixed, it was still very confusing to navigate. On top of that, I felt hard pressed for time...I contacted Jason and he walked me through it over the phone.”

Peters says she wound up with a comparable plan to what she had previously, and with no subsidies and a smaller premium, she’s saving about $400 per month. The only drawback, she says, is the smaller network.

“So far, I’m happy with the result,” Peters says. “The process of going through it with Jason was very enlightening and very helpful.”

When asked why he chose to start the site and offer free seminars, Samel said he considers himself a social activist who believes in attempting to educate society as a whole. Doing this, he says, will give him “the satisfaction of educating people in a time when people are “sadly uneducated.”

Ever since the law came out, Samel says he has been “entrenched" in learning about it. "We were always on tippy toes wondering what was going to change next," he says. He endured two separate licensing classes, but he says classes were not enough to learn the ins and out of the law. He’s spent many months building relationships with contacts at NY State and at other insurance companies to become aware of any new changes.

The deadline for signing up for health insurance is March 31.

“We’ve been making sure we’re on top of every last detail,” he says. “We just want to clear things up, get people’s heads straight.”

“A lot of people, I think, are railing against the Affordable Care Act, probably because they don’t understand it,” says Peters. “I’d recommend anyone who is having trouble navigating or unhappy with their results contact Jason, or a state navigator, because it is very confusing.”

For more information, visit the website or call 631-875-2993.

News

In a little-known chapter of New York City’s history, the name of police officer Phillip Cardillo is spoken in hushed, revered whispers. Though he was tragically killed in the line of duty back in 1972, the burning embers of his memory are still fanned by a passionate few who wish to finally obtain for the fallen hero the elusive recognition that he truly deserves.

At their Oct. 8 meeting in Mineola, the Nassau County-based Association of Retired Police Officers (ARPO) held a heartfelt ceremony, as both Cardillo as well as the driven NYPD detective who has fought for justice in his name for the past four decades, were honored as the true heroes that they are.

In what was their last free meeting at the Community United Methodist Church of East Norwich, the East Norwich Civic Association presented a money saving/energy saving program. It was presented by Marriele Robinson of the Homeowner Support PowerUp Communities group, an outreach of the L.I. Progressive Party. She came to offer free energy evaluations of homes to make them more energy efficient, which will save money.

She said Poor Richard’s Almanac promises it to be very cold this winter, and this is a way to plug up your energy leaks, with both current savings on needed work and through rebates resulting in future savings. After an energy assessment of your home, PowerUp will present you with a report based on their contractor’s assessment, which will outline all the ways you can improve your energy efficiency. The report will include all the potential rebates to reduce the cost of the upgrade which includes the option of financing through PS&G, which will include the monthly payments in your monthly bill.


Sports

A number of awards were given to runners in the Oyster Bay-East Norwich area at the Oct. 18 Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5 Kilometer Run, including 23-year-old Justin Nakrin of Oyster Bay, who finished in 12th place overall and second in the 20-24 age group, and 43-year-old Daniel Valderrama of Oyster Bay, who scored in 17th place overall and second in the 40-44 age group. Maggie Reid of Locust Valley earned first place honors in the 15-19 age group.

The indomitable 81-year-old Nina Jennings of Mill Neck was the oldest woman to finish the run, taking first place honors in the women’s 80-84 age group in 35 minutes, 11 seconds, a pace of 11:19 per mile. She was the fastest of all of the five finishers—male or female—who were 80 years old or more.

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.


Calendar

Ghastly Grounds

Thursday, October 30

Trick Or Treat

Friday, October 31

Long Island Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, November 2



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