Press release from Pisgah Legal Services:
Close to 5.5 million people have selected an Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plan nationwide on Healthcare.gov since the start of Open Enrollment on November 1. North Carolina has more than 300,000 enrollments so far, and locally nonprofit Pisgah Legal Services is busy helping people review their options and sign up for health insurance for free.
“In the past week alone, Pisgah Legal trained staff and volunteer navigators served 186 people and secured more than $800,000 in premium tax credits,” said Pisgah Legal Services COO Jaclyn Kiger. “Local people are taking advantage of this free service, new savings for families, and many are finding low-cost comprehensive health insurance.”
An important deadline is approaching: People who need health insurance starting January 1, must sign up for a plan through Healthcare.gov by December 15. If they miss this deadline, Open Enrollment continues until Jan. 15, 2023, but their coverage will be delayed.
Free Help is Available
Now in its tenth year of offering free enrollment assistance, Pisgah Legal Services employs a team of trained navigators who help Western North Carolinians find and enroll in quality, affordable health insurance. Consumers choose whether or not to sign up, and there is no pressure to enroll.
Make an appointment today by visiting www.pisgahlegal.org/healthcare or calling (828) 210-3404.Assistance is available in English and Spanish.
Consumers enrolling in a plan on HealthCare.gov (for Spanish-speakers Cuidadodesalud.gov) are guaranteed to receive comprehensive coverage and cannot be denied coverage based on pre-existing conditions. All plans cover essential benefits, including doctor and hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental health treatment, and maternity care.
Pisgah Legal and other enrollment partners of WNC participating organizations give local people free, unbiased health insurance information and enrollment assistance in the NC Health Insurance Marketplace. These organizations include: Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Legal Aid of North Carolina, MATCH, Mountain Projects, Inc., Toe River Project Access, Western Carolina Medical Society, and Pisgah Legal Services. Pisgah Legal Services is a member of the North Carolina Navigators Consortium.