With only one week to go to enroll in Marketplace health coverage, ACA enrollment navigators are hard at work to ensure that every American who wants to enroll in affordable coverage by the March 31st deadline has the opportunity.
NPA board member Rachel DeGolia serves as an enrollment navigator in Ohio, helping consumers understand and access their insurance options. On February 3rd, DeGolia spoke at a news conference in Cleveland with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to help raise awareness of enrollment navigators and to underscore the availability of assistance:
People make appointments to see us or just walk in. We sit down with you and depending on your income, we help you sign up for either Medicaid or private insurance in the Marketplace. Sometimes it takes more than one visit if there is more information needed or decisions that require a little extra time for you to think about.
We also help people understand how their insurance will work after they’ve signed up – the premiums and deductibles and co-pays. It’s your choice what to sign up for, but we try to make sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself and your family.
I’ve helped people who work hard at jobs like roasting peanuts in a nut factory and providing child care and working for a temp agency until they can get a permanent job. We can help people whose jobs don’t provide health insurance and we can even help people whose jobs do provide insurance, but it’s insurance they can’t afford.
If you are someone who doesn’t have health insurance, please go online to healthcare.gov – ask your librarian to help you if you don’t have a computer – and type in “Local Help” to find a navigator near you. You might be surprised to find out that there is health insurance you can actually afford.
My main point is that getting health insurance is still more complicated than any of us would like, but for the first time, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, there’s help.
Don’t delay in enrolling in coverage. Tell your friends and family to sign up today! If the search for affordable coverage seems daunting, turn to an enrollment navigator. Utilize the local enrollment navigators, such as Rachel DeGolia, who are knowledgeable and ready to help Americans find affordable coverage options. These days leading up to the enrollment deadline are filled with opportunity — take hold and enroll!