Nav­i­ga­tors help area res­i­dents en­roll in in­sur­ance

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CAM­BRIDGE — East­ern Shore Area Health Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter con­tin­ues its con­tract with Seedco Inc. and the Mary­land Health Ben­e­fit Ex­change to im­ple­ment the Af­ford­able Care Act on Mary­land’s East­ern Shore. The goal of the Af­ford­able Care Act of 2010 is to make health cov­er­age af­ford­able and more ac­ces­si­ble for Mary­lan­ders, giv­ing cit­i­zens the op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess health in­sur­ance care for them­selves and their fam­i­lies.

Seedco Inc. along with the East­ern Shore Area Health Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter works closely with the De­part­ment of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene, Mary­land In­sur­ance Ad­min­is­tra­tion, De­part­ment of Hu­man Re­sources and var­i­ous part­ners through­out the East­ern Shore to reach the cit­i­zens of Kent, Caro­line, Tal­bot, Queen Anne’s and Dorch­ester Coun­ties as­sist­ing them to en­roll or main­tain their health­care cov­er­age.

The ESAHEC’s five Nav­i­ga­tors in each county are re­spon­si­ble and ded­i­cated to en­rolling the unin­sured and pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance for all in­sur­ance plans and pro­grams. Tameka Lee, Caro­line County; Sharon Wil­son, Dorch­ester County; and Ali­son Farmer, Kent County have been Nav­i­ga­tors since the in­cep­tion of the ACA. They are very knowl­edge­able and pro­fes­sional, tak­ing their roles very se­ri­ously and com­mit­ted to each cit­i­zen in their county. Rita Richards, Queen Anne’s County and Adri­enne Cor­nish, Tal­bot County, are the new­est Nav­i­ga­tors to the team and were pro­moted from As­sis­tor. They have sur­passed all ex­pec­ta­tions and have been a great ad­di­tion to their re­spec­tive coun­ties. This team of five is on the front- line each and ev­ery­day of­fer­ing sup­port and a friendly smile to cit­i­zens that are of­ten deal­ing with life chang­ing de­ci­sions.

An added com­po­nent of health lit­er­acy as­sis­tance from the Nav­i­ga­tors has be­come in­creas­ingly im­por­tant for the newly in­sured in or­der to nav­i­gate and un­der­stand an of­ten times com­plex health­care sys­tem.

2015 open en­roll­ment proved to be even busier than 2014 with 3,841 en­rolled in Med­i­caid and 3,239 en­rolled in qual­i­fied health plans within the five coun­ties.

Open en­roll­ment ended on Feb. 5. Af­ter Feb. 5, a qual­i­fy­ing “life event” such as mar­riage, the birth or adop­tion of a child, or loss of other health cov­er­age, would be re­quired to be el­i­gi­ble to en­roll. Mary­lan­ders who qual­ify for Med­i­caid can en­roll through Mary­landHealthCon­nec­tion. gov year-round. Call 1-866-4926057 for fur­ther as­sis­tance or to reach a Nav­i­ga­tor in your county.

Tameka Lee, Caro­line

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Rita Richards, Queen Anne’s

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