SEVCA can help with Health Connect enrollment


WESTMINSTER — The Open Enrollment period for health coverage from Vermont Health Connect ends Dec. 15, and households that qualify can now sign up for a new plan or change their existing one. Southeastern Vermont Community Action's Health Navigator is available to help households in Windham or Windsor counties get or keep the coverage they need to stay healthy and/or obtain treatment.

SEVCA's Health Navigator has helped hundreds of residents in Windham and Windsor counties with their health insurance applications since the program started in October 2013, and is able to continue the program with the help of the Fannie Holt Ames & Edna Louise Holt Fund.

In addition to providing assistance during the Open Enrollment period, SEVCA can also help people with a "qualifying event" that makes them eligible for coverage through a VT Health Connect plan at any time throughout the year. SEVCA also helps families apply for Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur.

"SEVCA is committed to supporting health care access for low-income and other vulnerable households in our service area," said Steve Geller, SEVCA's executive director. "Without advocates to assist them, the negative impacts of an increasingly confusing health insurance maze can be significant, and hundreds of local families, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and others could be left to fend for themselves as they try to maintain coverage and obtain appropriate care and treatment. With our Health Navigator, southeastern Vermont residents have someone to help them choose their best option."

SEVCA recently welcomed Alicia Moyer as its new Health Navigator, and anyone in Windham and Windsor counties in need of assistance with coverage can call her at 1-800-464-9951 to make an appointment. Appointments are available in Westminster on Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are available in White River Junction from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, and in Brattleboro from 9 noon on Thursdays. SEVCA urges people seeking coverage to call as soon as possible to ensure they have enough time to submit their applications.



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