PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – As many West Virginia feel the impact of the pandemic, West Virginia Navigator is helping people.
The group will host a free, in-person health insurance registration event under the Affordable Care Act.
It will be held tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the annex of the Donald F. Black courthouse in Parkersburg.
And they will help anyone who wants to register.
As well as with the new provisions that will be included in the ACA.
“Since April, the plans have become more affordable than ever. There are more savings for everyone. And then, starting July 1 just a few days ago, anyone who is unemployed in 2021 will be able to qualify for a special program to get a plan that is extremely cheap, if not free. So if you’ve been unemployed this year it’s a great event for you to explore your options and be able to get health insurance, ”says Jeremy Smith, WV Navigator Program Director.
Anyone who is not eligible for insurance through Medicare, Medicaid, or employer-based insurance is eligible to purchase insurance under the provisions of the ACA. New rules expanded subsidies and lowered monthly premiums. Anyone currently enrolled or those who are uninsured and need coverage can take advantage of enhanced financial assistance. Even most high income people will now be able to qualify for the lower cost plans. Four in ten people who sign up get a plan for less than $ 10 per month.
West Virginia people have until August 15, 2021 to register for the program. However, there is growing concern that many may find themselves without insurance because they are not aware of these changes. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, “The COVID relief bill passed in early March 2021 has provided additional financial assistance to people purchasing their own health insurance. The vast majority of those who are eligible for this financial assistance are unsure whether the COVID-19 relief program included this financial assistance (82%) or say it did not happen (9%), while about one in ten (9%) are aware of this increased financial assistance. Additionally, only a small minority of those potentially eligible for financial assistance or additional coverage say they go online to see if they qualify for a different or cheaper health insurance plan.
Officials for the event say they will also have the Ohio Valley Department of Health to provide vaccines.
If you cannot make it to the event, you can call WV Navigator by dialing 1-844-WV-CARES.
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