As the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act start to fully kick in, officials with St. John Medical Center in Longview say that they’re preparing for an influx of new patients on January 1. Randy Querin with PeaceHealth St. John says that they have prepared a new website to help patients and families figure out the steps that they should take, in using what may be newly acquired health insurance coverage. The web address is www.peacehealth.org/HealthExchanges, and it offers advice for planning and obtaining health care coverage. Querin says that the site is intended for people who don’t have coverage, who can’t get affordable coverage through their work, who already buy their own coverage and want better options, and who might own a small business and employ 50 people or fewer. The site has information on who qualifies for financial assistance and what you will need to enroll, along with tips to choose coverage that includes PeaceHealth. Cowlitz and Wahkiakum County residents can also get help by calling 360-353-3256.