Community Outreach Key to Educating, Enrolling Uninsured
Calvert Memorial Hospital wants the community to understand what resources are available to them under the Affordable Care Act. That is why CMH is helping to get the word out to the nearly 31,000 residents in Southern Maryland who have no health insurance.
“Our mission has always been to do all that we can to make sure that everyone in our community has access to quality health care that is affordable,” said CMH President Dean Teague. “The new exchange will give many residents who have not been able to obtain health insurance in the past new options.”
Calvert Healthcare Solutions is heading up outreach efforts focused on educating and enrolling those without health coverage in the tri-county region. CHS is one of six organizations chosen in Maryland to help consumers navigate the state-based insurance exchange set up as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
“Naturally, people will have a lot questions about what’s out there,” said Michael Shaw, executive director of Calvert Healthcare Solutions. “Our role is to connect them with the resources available to assist them.”
He went on to add, ““To do that, we are hiring additional staff to provide in-person assistance to those who need help determining their eligibility and comparing coverage options.”
Shaw said raising public awareness will be a critical factor. That’s why Calvert Healthcare Solutions is teaming up with Walden Sierra in St. Mary’s and Health Partners, Inc. and Greater Baden Medical Services in Charles to make education and enrollment services more accessible to the residents in those areas.
“The key to the success of this program,” said Shaw, “will be providing community members access to enrollment opportunities whether they are at the health department, social services or elsewhere in the community.”