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ACA Enrollment Is Still Open


January 12, 2017

Despite post-election news, the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is still the law. People can enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance between now and the Jan. 31 deadline. I volunteer as one of the many in-person assisters dedicated to offering free help so that Western North Carolinians can better understand their options for affordable health insurance.

In my three years of assisting consumers in Transylvania County, I have helped a number of people obtain health coverage for the first time in their lives. Some of these consumers have returned for assistance the following year and told me what a difference having health insurance made for them. And for many of the people I have assisted, health insurance has been much more affordable than they thought it would be. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 92 percent of North Carolinians who signed up for coverage through the ACA marketplace during last year’s open enrollment got financial help.

Having affordable quality health insurance gives people peace of mind knowing that a broken bone or unforeseen illness will not lead them to bankruptcy. For those people who have existing medical conditions that require regular care, they know they will be able to access the services they need. Every plan in the ACA Marketplace covers the basics - prescription drugs, emergency room visits, preventative care and more. No one can be denied coverage because of a preexisting condition.

As a Pisgah Legal Services Navigator working in Brevard, I hear from people with friends and family members who still do not have health insurance. It is not too late. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31 so there is still time to come in and look at options. To schedule a free appointment to meet with a trained expert right here in Transylvania County, call 1-(855) 733-3711.

Claudia Hawkins



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