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Alleghany Memorial Hospital Receives AHEC Help for ACA Enrollment

Alleghany Memorial Hospital has received a $1,500 grant from the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and part of the North Carolina AHEC Program. The grant funds will enable Alleghany Memorial Hospital to provide community education and local enrollment assistance for the new Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

A primary goal of the Affordable Care Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2010, is to help uninsured Americans gain access to health care. The creation of the Health Insurance Marketplace, through which eligible individuals are now able to enroll in a health insurance plan, is central to this goal. Based on income and family size, some people may qualify for subsidies or financial assistance from the government.

To help ensure that the public has access to accurate information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, Alleghany Memorial Hospital will inform and educate community members about how to enroll. Plans are underway for a series of educational sessions and opportunities for community members to meet with a health navigator, a trained individual who provides enrollment assistance.

Tammy Edwards, financial counselor at Alleghany Memorial Hospital, learned about the grant at a information and networking session hosted by Northwest AHEC in Winston-Salem on January 15, 2014. Wendy Orton, chief nursing officer at Alleghany Memorial Hospital, helped prepare the grant application.

During the Northwest AHEC session on the Affordable Care Act community outreach and enrollment, a health navigator provided an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment and community outreach process, followed by a question and answer session. Participants were able to share their own experiences and plans for community outreach.

“Thanks to Northwest AHEC, we have resources in place to educate people in our community about different options available for health care coverage,” said Edwards. “This outreach is important given the recent changes in the health care landscape.”

The session will be held at the Alleghany Memorial Hospital Solarium on Saturday, March 22 ,from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Space is limited, so please contact Tammy Edwards at 336-372-3299 to register or for more information.