Affordable Health Care Act
Local navigator assisting with enrollment
by Bradley Hartsell
With health insurance enrollment under the federal Affordable Care Act having begun on Tuesday, consumers of Coweta County have an aid to turn to as they explore health coverage options best suiting them.
Nykita Scott, based in Newnan and who is part of the University of Georgia Extension Service, is trained and qualified to help Georgians educate themselves on their health options, as well as help them enroll in the new federal program.
“My plan is to establish relationships and hold some sessions for the people of Coweta County,” Scotts says, who held a session at the Central Library in eastern Coweta on Tuesday and plans to do more with the Coweta County Public Library System.
Specifically, Scott is providing education and awareness for what options are available among the plans offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Alliance, Kaiser and Peach State and explaining, in easy-to-understand terms, what the ACA means for the marketplace and what coverage consumers might be looking for.
Scott is only associated with the UGA Extension service and will not be “selling” insurance or persuading consumers in any way, she said. Those with complaints, appeals or needing help enrolling will find Scott available for their needs. “I am here as a resource for people in the community,” she said.
The UGA Extension Service health navigators across the state have completed comprehensive training through the state of Georgia and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The navigators also have passed a final exam in order to be credentialed. In August, CMS signed cooperative agreements with 105 entities — including UGA — serving the 34 federally facilitated and state partnership marketplaces.
“The health insurance marketplace is something new for consumers to learn how to navigate,” said Joan Koonce, Extension family financial planning specialist. “We are happy to provide unbiased education to Georgians across the state and in all walks of life. We are working to do everything we can to help the people in our state, and this is just one of the many venues in which we can offer our expertise.”
For more information on navigator services, call Nykita Scott at 770-254-2620 ext. 8310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The federal website for information on the Affordable Care Act marketplace insurance offerings is available at www.healthcare.gov.