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Health Foundation Awards $344,000 to Support Enrollment in Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace

Health Foundation Awards $344,000 to Support Enrollment in Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) announced today that it has awarded $344,000 to 12 organizations from around the state to provide people with the help they need to enroll in health plans offered through Maine’s Health Insurance Marketplace.  These 12 statewide and community-based nonprofits will provide free, local enrollment assistance in communities all across Maine during the Marketplace open enrollment period from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017.  

For the last three years, MeHAF has also led the statewide www.enroll207.com campaign to promote awareness about the affordable health insurance options available on Maine’s  Marketplace, which is offered through the federal Healthcare.gov website.  The statewide www.enroll207.com campaign paired with coordinated enrollment assistance resulted in more than 84,000 Mainers enrolling or re-enrolling in health plans in 2016. Tens of thousands of people in Maine have worked with enrollment experts in their local communities to find plans that work best for their families and for their budgets.        

“Enrolling in the right health insurance plan is complicated, and people appreciate the confidential, free, one-on-one support that local assisters and navigators provide in communities across the state,” noted MeHAF President and CEO, Dr. Wendy Wolf.  “Because plan benefits and costs change every year, it’s important for Mainers to review all the Marketplace health plan options during open enrollment so they can get the best coverage at the most reasonable cost.”  

Local enrollment assisters can be found in locations all over the state of Maine, including hospitals, health centers, and local Community Action Programs.  Mainer’s can find free assistance in their communities using the zip code locator tool at http://www.enroll207.com/locator/.  Business owners and employers can also find Marketplace certified insurance brokers to help with their insurance needs using the locator tool.  

Morgan Hynd, the MeHAF Program Officer overseeing the foundation’s Marketplace enrollment work said, “Maine has led the nation in enrollment every year for the last three years because of the dedication and expertise of enrollment assisters in communities all across the state.  Our assisters will be ready on November 1 to help families enroll in Caribou, Biddeford, Machias and all communities in between.”  

The Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF) is Maine’s largest, private, nonprofit health care foundation dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improving the health of everyone in Maine.  MeHAF uses its grant resources and expertise to identify and move forward key initiatives and issues to improve Maine’s health care system so people across every region of our state have access to quality care for better health. 

Affordable Care Act Marketplace Enrollment Awards

Consumers for Affordable Health Care
Emily Brostek
ebrostek@mainecahc.org  (207) 622-7083
Grant: $40,000

Healthy Community Coalition of Greater Franklin County
Jennifer McCormack
jmccormack@fchn.org  (207) 779-2926
Grant: $21,333

Maine Access Immigrant Network
Sarah Lewis
sarah.lewis@main1.org  (207) 331-6135
Mohamud Barre
info@maine1.org (207) 552-1800
Grant: $30,000

Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Jessica Maurer
jmaurer@maine4a.org  (207) 592-9972
Grant: $40,000

Maine Equal Justice Partners
Robyn Merrill
rmerrill@mejp.org  (207) 626-7058
Grant: $20,331

MaineHealth
Carol Zechman
zechmc@mainehealth.org  (207) 662-7960         
Grant: $29,854

Maine Lobstermen’s Community Alliance
Patrice McCarron
patrice@mainelobstermen.org  (207) 967-4555
Grant: $10,577

Maine Migrant Health Program
Lisa Tapert, MPH
ltapert@mainemigrant.org  (207) 622-9252 x2
Grant: $40,000

New Mainers Public Health Initiative
Abdulkerim Said
asaid@nmphi.org  (207) 241-0546
Grant: $13,000

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
Nicole Clegg
Nicole.Clegg@ppnne.org  (207) 687-3289
Grant: $30,000

Waldo County General Hospital, including Pen Bay Medical Center and LincolnHealth
Joy Osterhout
josterhout@penbayhealthcare.org  (207) 921-3962
Grant: $29,355

Western Maine Community Action
Ashley McCarthy
amccarthy@wmca.org  (207) 860-4457
Grant: $40,000

Media Contact:
Morgan Hynd, Maine Health Access Foundation
(207) 620-8266 x116 | mhynd@mehaf.org

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