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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

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, and many of them were in costume, a new addition to the popular champagne party. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date Daphne, a 3-month-old long haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

The 1907 Courthouse building is now known as the Marguerite and Joseph Suozzi Building, marked by a special ceremony held at the North Shore Historical Museum on Sunday, Aug. 3 to a packed house.

“It’s a great day for the Suozzi family and a great day for the museum. We are so grateful for the Suozzi family for this generous donation,” said Brian Mercadante, president of the museum.

Mercandante then gave some history on the building, which was built in 1907 by the Town of Oyster Bay, when Teddy Roosevelt was president and the Gold Coast was in its heyday. He described how it came to be a museum, explaining that Tom Suozzi came up with a plan for redevelopment during his term as mayor of Glen Cove in the 1990s.


Sports

Kevin Mercier, 39, of Oyster Bay, led a large contingent of local runners in the Lynne, Gartner, Dunne & Covello Sands Point Sprint 5 Kilometer Run, held on the grounds of Nassau County’s Sands Point Preserve on Saturday morning, Aug. 9. Mercier was the 18th finisher overall and third in the 35-39 age group with a time of  21 minutes, 7 seconds.

Other local runners winning awards at the Sands Point Preserve were Nicholas Cuddy of Oyster Bay, who earned first place honors in the Clydesdale Weight Division with a time of 25:53, Joanne Gallo of Oyster Bay, who  took home the first place award in the women’s 65-69 age group with a time of 28:11, and Anja Hermann of Oyster Bay, third place woman in the 20-24 age group, who finished in 28:47.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay will once again be the site of the Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Bayville Car Show

Friday, Aug. 22

Junior Triathlon

Sunday, Aug. 24

Historic Church Service And Tour

Sunday, Aug. 24



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

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