- The Enterprise
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Staff at Health Partners in Waldorf are ready, willing and qualified to assist people without insurance become more informed on the Affordable Health Care Act and seek affordable health care options.
Maryland residents who don’t have affordable health insurance or cannot find it through work or on their own will have access to coverage through Maryland Health Connection, a new health insurance marketplace that makes it easier for residents to shop, compare and enroll in health care coverage.
As part of an outreach and education effort, an MHC van made its way to Health Partners Friday.
Health Partners is in a partnership with Calvert Health Solutions, the region’s Maryland Health Connection connector to assist with eligibility and enrollment into Medicaid and qualified private insurance plans.
Representatives from MHC had a table of information outside of Health Partners Friday, and those interested in enrolling for Medicaid or qualified health plans could do so inside the clinic where qualified navigators and assistants were on site.
Both navigators and assistants provide outreach and education services. Navigators will enroll people in qualified health plans and Medicaid while assistants will provide enrollment for Medicaid only.
Open enrollment began Oct. 2 and so far Health Partners has assisted with 85 applications, said lead navigator at Health Partners, Kendra Moore.
Health Partners Executive Director Chrisie Mulcahey said that the organization being a partner for the connection is exciting.
Mulcahey has seen many patients come through Health Partners who have struggled to get things done medically.
Now, “We have the tools to help guide them to get insured,” she said.
Dorothy Goldring-Butler of Bryantown came to Health Partners Friday seeking more information on options available to her.
She said she was glad the Affordable Health Care Act would be able to help people who don’t have insurance.
Goldring-Butler said she is uninsured and out of work. She said she can’t work right now as she stays home to care for her son, who has a terminal illness. Having affordable health care options would help keep her healthy, “so that I can take care of him,” she said
The open enrollment period lasts through March 31.
The Health Connections van is making stops throughout Maryland promoting Maryland’s implementation of the exchange.