With new federal deadline mandates looming for all citizens to seek health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), free services are available to help the general public make the transition.
Through a grant provided to Mountain Projects, a community action agency, certified healthcare navigators have been established for Western North Carolina. Cynthia Solesbee, who has lived in Franklin for 10 years, attended the monthly meeting of the Macon County Board of Commissioners to make the public aware of her services. “In the simplest terms, I help folks sign up for healthcare through the affordable healthcare website; or over the phone ? and we also do paper applications when the site goes down,” explained Solesbee. “I have been trained to be a Certified Navigator in order to help people establish eligibility and enroll in coverage through the Marketplace.”
According to Solesbee, there are an estimated 30,000 uninsured people in her service area in the seven counties of Western North Carolina.