Affordable Care Act: Free Albuquerque Info Sessions

November 7, 2013 by  
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If you’re one of the people seeking information on the new Affordable Care Act, your choices and how the new health care act will affect you, free help is at hand!

Yes, we’ve all heard the news stories about the Affordable Care Act – or Obama Care as it’s known. For those individuals affected by the health care laws and feeling confused about their options, Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Library offers a series of free information sessions.

The ABC Library Affordable Care Act information sessions are given in partnership with New Mexico Health Connections. (Scroll down the page at the link to see them all.) Admission is free but seating is limited, so these sessions are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Upcoming one-hour sessions on the Affordable Care Act include:

  • Friday November 8 at 2 pm: Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE
  • Saturday November 9 at 10 am: South Valley Library, 3904 Isleta SW
  • Tuesday November 12 at 1 pm: Erna Fergusson Library, 3700 San Mateo NE
  • Thursday November 14 at 5 pm: Special Collections Library, 423 Central NE
  • Saturday November 16 at 1 pm: East Mountain Library, 1 Old Tijeras Rd., Tijeras

Others sessions are offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM at the Main Library on Copper, on various dates. More sessions may also be added at the link.

I am one of the self-employed people trying to figure out whether to stay with my existing “grandfathered”  health care plan, which costs a lot for very few benefits… unless I fall out of a plane or something equally drastic. Or whether it would be better to switch from that ‘catastrophic health insurance’ plan to a different plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace at

So far I’ve managed to get myself signed up for the site… but I can’t actually log in to see the plans available. Sigh.  However, two of my friends who could not afford any health insurance at all before HAVE successfully navigated the site, and they are delighted with the good value plans they found.

Well, they promise the website technical hitches will be solved by the end of November.  Fingers crossed!

If you’re in the same or similar boat as me and uncertain about your Affordable Care Act options, I hope the free info sessions by ABC Library will be helpful.  If you go, let us know how useful it was in the comments box below!



Free Health & Wellness Fair, Arts & Crafts

June 18, 2009 by  
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The Los Ranchos Growers’ and Arts & Crafts Markets have always been known for their healthy,  locally grown produce, local honey, and other good-for-you stuff. But this coming weekend, they’re plunging into health and wellness in a BIG way!

On Saturday, June 20 (2009), from 7:00 – 11:00am, head over to the Los Ranchos Markets for a full-blown FREE wellness fair. Confirmed participants (more may be coming onboard) include:

  • Certified herbalists
  • Bernalillo County Extension Nutrition Educators
  • MRCOG — trails info
  • UNM Cancer Center
  • UNM College of Nursing
  • UNM Center for Life (preventive and integrative specialty clinic)
  • Victory Gardening Services

…and many others we don’t have room to list! You’ll be able to score tons of free information (and, we suspect, free samples) from a bunch of additional vendors.

On the growers’ market side, you may find blackberries, sugar snap peas, spinach, chard, kale, micro greens, cabbage, radishes, young summer squash, farm fresh eggs, potted herbs, organic jams — and many other tasty treats! And don’t forget the arts and crafts market, where you’ll find:

  • Ornaments
  • Pottery
  • Japanese porcelain
  • Soy candles
  • Handpainted silk scarves
  • Handmade soaps
  • Hand crafted jewelry

…and, again, way too much for us to mention! It’s all free to the public.

You’ll find the Los Ranchos Growers’ and Arts & Crafts Markets in the tennis court parking lot at 6718 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque.

Full disclosure: ABQ on the Cheap is a minor sponsor of the Los Ranchos Arts & Crafts Market; we run a free text ad for them at the bottom of each post.

–Elizabeth Hanes