Enroll The Region Helps Public Obtain Health Insurance

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Enroll The Region is a grass roots organization of trained volunteers dedicated to helping people enroll and obtain health insurance through the Federal Marketplace.  People obtaining health insurance through the Federal Marketplace may receive help to pay for this insurance based on income, household size, and other factors.  Many qualify for the Silver plan with no monthly premium and a low total cost per year. 

Enroll the Region is partnering with the city of Chattanooga to help clients at 10 Youth and Family Development Center sites as well as at LaPaz for Spanish Speakers, Metropolitan Ministries and The Bethlehem Center as partners across Hamilton County. 

With this week and next week through Friday, Dec. 15, of open enrollment remaining, there are 28 appointment times available for people to sign up and get help.  Call 211 or 622-0974 to make an appointment.  There is no cost. 

Enroll The Region started in September 2013 with the vision of Cora Lanier, executive director, and Everlena Holmes as her assistant.  There were five volunteers serving as staff and assisters in helping individuals to obtain health insurance for the 2014 first enrollment period.  It partnered with the Dodson Avenue/ Southside Community Health Centers, Erlanger Hospital and the Tennessee HealthCare Campaign in providing the financial and in-kind support needed that enabled it to accomplish our goal.  Mayor Berke’s office began to partner with it during the 2015 Enrollment Period.  Enroll the Region decided to become a satellite operation by going where the people needed its help the most for the 2016 enrollment Period.  The mayor’s office made it possible for it to use the Youth and Family Development Centers throughout the city for the 2016, 2017, and now 2018 enrollment periods. 

Today there are 14 people assisting at 13 locations across the Hamilton County area for this 2018 fifth enrollment period.  They receive yearly training from qualified certified application counselors, navigators and assisters that include local navigator Katherlyn Geter, who is over the Southeastern region of Tennessee.  Several Enroll the Region assisters are also certified application counselors, who receive additional training through the Federal Marketplace.   

For more information contact Dr. Holmes at 622-0974 or John Hubbard at 432-9748.



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