WESTMINSTER—Vermont Health Connect recently awarded a $45,000 grant to Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) to continue to act as a Health Navigator for Windham and Windsor Counties. SEVCA has been involved in the Navigator program, since its start-up, as a member of a statewide team of Community Action Agencies helping people to sign up for health insurance through the Health Exchange or submit Medicaid/Dr. Dynosaur applications. The collaboration focused on low-income families and individuals, and helped thousands of uninsured households to obtain health insurance coverage.
This year, SEVCA submitted an independent application as a local-level organization, rather than being part of a larger statewide collaboration. This enabled SEVCA to apply for a larger amount of funding than it had received in the past, and its award increased by 25%. As a result, it should be able to assist even more people than it has previously. Low-income households are a priority population for the Navigator program, and SEVCA is well-positioned to continue to help these families understand their health insurance options and to choose a program most beneficial to their circumstances.
"The great news about this award is that we are able to retain our tremendously skilled and caring Navigator without interruption," said Steve Geller, SEVCA's Executive Director. "And the increased funding means we'll be able to provide even more outreach and services to areas, such as the Upper Valley, that were underserved previously."
Residents of Windham and Windsor Counties who would like assistance to obtain, change, or resolve issues with health insurance coverage can call SEVCA's Navigator, Amanda Sabo, at (802) 722-4575 or (800) 464-9951.
SEVCA has served as the state and federally-designated anti-poverty agency in Windsor and Windham Counties for more than 50 years. In the past year, SEVCA served over 10,000 people in southeastern Vermont through a range of programs including crisis fuel assistance, homelessness prevention, weatherization, home repair, business start-up and support, job readiness and skills training, financial fitness, matched savings, Head Start early education, food stamp outreach, access to affordable health care, budgeting support, information and referral, and thrift stores.