Congratulations to the Mountain Projects Team for all of the great work they did during their first Open Enrollment event in Sylva. It was wonderful to meet the assisters and consumers in Western North Carolina. It was clear to me they are very special and this team takes great pride in serving them.
I got yet another first hand glimpse of the dialogue that takes place for many of the individuals and families in the “Medicaid Gap”. We need to continue to educate our leaders and help them better understand there are good, hard working people/families who want health insurance but fall short of the income requirement for a subsidy. That said, there are many success stories, where lives are changing for the better since being able to obtain affordable health insurance through the ACA.
For example, by the end of the Sylva event:
- They met with 18 consumersseeking enrollment assistance.
- 11 consumers selected a QHP! Yippee!!!!
- 2 individuals and families fell in the “Medicaid Gap”.
- 2 consumers are returning next week to pick a plan.
Congratulations! Good luck with OE3!