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Enrollment help available in Triangle ahead of ACA deadline

December 6, 2018

With nine days remaining to enroll in a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Roy Cooper attended an enrollment session to spread the word.

“Access to healthcare is critical,” said Cooper. “Sign up. Now is the time.”

Cooper was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen on Thursday at the Wake County HHS building on Sunnybrook Road.

Cohen says 516,000 people across the state participated in the last enrollment period. She says most people can get a plan for $50 to $100 per month for services including, but not limited to, hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental heath appointments and preventive care.

North Carolina Navigator Consortium, a statewide collection of volunteers and nonprofits, is busy helping people find the perfect plan.

Mark VanArnam, co-director, says navigators are available to offer free and unbiased help for people who need to meet their family health and budgetary needs.

“Nine out of 10 North Carolinians who enrolled in the last open enrollment period received some sort of financial help to pay for their coverage,” said VanArnam. “So we’re here making sure you get all the financial help you are entitled to.”

Cooper also spoke about the economic benefits to enrolling for uninsured people, saying protection gives piece of mind and allows for spending elsewhere.

“I tell people you don’t take your car out without having insurance on it, so why would you take your body out,” said VanArnam.

N.C. Navigator Consortium can be reached at 855-733-3711. They can help locate a walk-in location near you or schedule a one-on-one appointment.

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