Navigators help area residents enroll in insurance
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
Rita Richards, Queen Anne’s