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Monday, October 23, 2017

Press Release: ACA Open Enrollment Begins November 1st
Shorter Period for Health Insurance Enrollment: Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2017

October 23, 2017

ACA Open Enrollment Begins November 1st !
Shorter Period for Health Insurance Enrollment: Nov. 1 – Dec. 152017
-         Free Events Happening Around WNC in November 

ASHEVILLE – There are a lot of questions swirling around health insurance this year through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.” Pisgah Legal Services (PLS) and other ACA Partners of WNC can answer these questions and help with free, unbiased, in-person assistance for the ACA’s Fifth Open Enrollment from Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, 2017.

PLS Managing Attorney Jaclyn Kiger says, “There is a lot of confusion about Open Enrollment this year. We want people to know that they can still get health insurance coverage, and that we are here to help. This is our fifth open enrollment, and our trained assisters can answer questions and walk folks through this process.”

Kiger continues, “Enrollment begins Nov. 1, but you can make an appointment now by calling 855-733-3711.”

Here are five key things to know:

1.      The ACA Open Enrollment is Happening – the ACA is Still the Law.  The law was NOT repealed, and consumers can get health care coverage for 2018.

2.      Enrollment Time is Much Shorter – from Nov. 1- Dec. 15, 2017. These are new dates and consumers will not have as long to sign up this year. Don’t delay!

3.      Financial Assistance Is Still Available Through the ACA. There have been no changes to the financial assistance available to consumers under the ACA. Access to 2018 plans, coverage and subsidies remains the same. Last year 9 out of 10 people in NC qualified for financial help. Everyone is encouraged to set up an appointment to review your income and health care plan options to make sure you get the best coverage at the right price.

4.      Free In-Person Help, Right Here in WNC, is Available. You don’t have to go it alone. Trained assisters are ready to help. Appointments can be made by calling toll-free: 855-733-3711 or make an appointment online

Free open enrollment events are happening across WNC in November.
To make an appointment call 855-733-3711, unless otherwise noted:

·         Nov. 110am-2pm Polk County Public Library, 1289 West Mills St., Columbus
·         Nov. 49am-4pm Mountain Projects Inc., 25 Schulman St. Sylva: 828-586-2345
·         Nov. 9: 12-7pm Haywood Public Library, 11 Penn. Ave., Canton: 828-452-1447

·         Nov. 11:
o   9am-4pm US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St. , Asheville
§   Sponsored by Mission Health
o   9am-2:30pm Unitarian Universalists UUTC— 24 Varsity St., Brevard
o   9am-1:30pm Pisgah Legal Services— 169 N. Main St., Rutherfordton
o   11am-5pm Black Mountain Library— 105 Dougherty St, Black Mountain

5.      Blue Cross Blue Shield (BC/BS) is the sole health insurance provider for people in WNC, but multiple plans are available. We know people have questions this year regarding in- and out-of-network coverage, and we will be available to help you find answers. If you have questions about whether your providers will be covered due to Mission Health and Blue Cross/Blue Shield agreement, call the Mission Health Network at 828-412-6052.

Pisgah Legal Services (PLS), a nonprofit law firm, and other ACA Partners of WNC participating organizations give local residents free, unbiased health insurance information and enrollment assistance in the NC Health Insurance Marketplace. These organizations include: Blue Ridge Community Health Services, Council on Aging of Buncombe County, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Mountain Projects, Inc., Sunrise Community, Western Carolina Medical Society and WNC Community Health Services.

Appointments can be made by calling toll-free: 855-733-3711 or make an appointment online at

Pisgah Legal Services is a nonprofit law firm providing free civil legal aid since 1978 to help low-income people meet their basic needs, such as protection from domestic violence, avoiding homelessness, finding safe housing, and accessing health care and subsistence income.  For more information, call Pisgah Legal Services at 828-253-0406 or toll free at 800-489-6144 or



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Posted at 10:10 am on October 23, 2017