CVMC to hold Enroll Alabama education sessions (The Daily Home)

SYLACAUGA – For the second straight year, Coosa Valley Medical Center will play host to educational sessions on the Affordable Care Act.

CVMC will partner with Enroll Alabama – a program that helps connect Alabamians with navigators who can address their concerns about the act – to conduct the sessions.

The navigators will determine an individual’s eligibility and which plans in the Health Insurance Market might be best for them.

These sessions will take place today, as well as Jan. 13, 20 and 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. The CVMC will also hold additional sessions on Feb. 3 and 10 from 4 to 7. All sessions will be in the conference center at the corner of Walnut and Mobile streets.

Glenn Sisk, CEO of Coosa Valley Medical Center, said he is pleased the hospital will be holding these educational opportunities. “One of the beneficial segments of the Affordable Care Act is the opportunity for the underinsured or uninsured to gain access to some of the best health plans offered in our state,” Sisk said in a statement. “In many cases … plan costs can be offset by federal subsidies, thereby making them much more affordable. As an organization, we encourage everyone in the area that needs assistance with health insurance to attend one of these beneficial meetings.”

Similar enrollment and educational sessions took place at Citizens Baptist Medical Center in Talladega in November and December.

According to information from Enroll Alabama, 64,926 Alabamians became enrolled in ACA between the open enrollment opening date Nov. 15 through Dec. 15 of last year. The open enrollment deadline is Feb. 15. Last year, CVMC partnered with Bama Covered and SAFE Family Services Center to put on similar sessions.

Vanessa Green, chief business development officer at the Coosa Valley Medical Center, said the events saw upward of 130 people attend, with roughly 80 becoming enrolled as a direct result of attending the sessions.

Green encouraged anyone unclear on the act or whether they would qualify to attend.

“From our standpoint, this is so important to us as health care workers at CVMC,” Green said. “Because, obviously, if we can help people get enrolled, we can help facilitate having a healthier community.”

Margaret Morton, director of SAFE, shared Green’s sentiments on the session.

“This is an opportunity to find out,” Morton said. “It’s an opportunity to know, so that you can make an educated decision. It is not a platform to be coerced, but it is an opportunity to find out if you’re eligible and what that eligibility looks like.”

Anyone interested in attending the sessions can call CVMC at 256-401-4070 or learn more information at their website at www.cvhealth.net.