Gov't Shutdown Won’t Stop Healthcare Rollout

Gov't Shutdown Won’t Stop Healthcare Rollout

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Some 800,000 people in Alabama will have access to health insurance beginning today. The health insurance marketplace, where folks can hand pick their own plan through insurance exchanges, went live as of midnight.

And with so many people signing up, there are bound to be some questions. Providence Hospital applied for and was awarded a federal grant that will go straight to helping folks navigate this healthcare law, which really nobody seems to understand.

“We’re hiring three navigators and those navigators have to have 20 hours of online training so they know how to navigate the system very well and can answer questions,” says Providence’s Vice President of Mission Integration Lynn Tate.

Not only answer questions, but go out and educate the public as well. A network of additional helpers, called certified application counselors will also be brought on board to help folks understand the website.

“It’s pretty easy to navigate but there’s different things you may need such as your income, potential premiums,” says Providence’s Director of Business Services Donna Bragg.


Tate says so many people are uninformed about the basics of Obamacare, that their services are much needed. In fact, explaining the ins and outs could practically be a business in itself. This one is sure to get busier as time goes on.

“I think people are looking at what’s needed, trying to check a few things out and then we expect more volume as time goes on, especially towards the end of this month through the end of the year,” adds Bragg.

Again, the federal website is healthcare.gov. if you have trouble navigating it, you can call Providence Hospital at 251-633-1000 or visit their website at http://providencehospital.com/

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