MORRISVILLE, NC (December 15, 2014) – United Way of the Greater Triangle announces a new pilot program in Durham County to help low income families and individuals pay for health insurance premiums called PremiumHelp.org. Target populations will be based on economic status, not health conditions.
“Access to healthcare is a fundamental basic need and reflects one of the core impact areas of our organization,” said Mack Koonce, president and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “For families that live at or just above the poverty level, health insurance can be out of reach even with the federal subsidies that come with the Affordable Care Act. For qualified enrollees, this program will reduce their monthly premium costs down to zero.”
PremiumHelp.org will cover the balance of the health insurance premium, the amount due after the federal subsidy, for Durham County residents whose annual income is between 100 and 175 percent of the federal poverty level or between $23,850 and $41,738 for a family of four. Currently, six Silver-Level plans offered through the North Carolina Health Insurance Marketplace at Healthcare.gov are part of the program.
“This new program will make an important difference in the lives of uninsured people in Durham County next year, allowing them to have access to healthcare and supporting expanded care to the community at large,” said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Chief Medical Officer Dr. Susan Weaver.
The initial pilot has received commitments of up to $1 million with the possibility of expanding the program in future years.
To aid in the implementation of this program, United Way will be conducting information sessions for Affordable Care Act Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and others who are part of the system that offers assistance to people wishing to secure health insurance for themselves and their families. People eligible for PremiumHelp.org who have signed up for qualifying plans on HealthCare.gov during this enrollment period can still get assistance with their premiums going forward.
“As you can imagine, this has been a very complex program to sort out. Although we are two months away from the end of the enrollment period, we all believed it was important to get PremiumHelp.org into the market this year to help people afford health insurance,” noted Koonce.
United Way of the Greater Triangle is committed to serving the immediate basic needs of the community including access to healthcare as well as mobilizing the community toward solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues. This program address both of these goals while working to make the community healthier today and into the future.
Additional information is available at www.PremiumHelp.org.
About United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT)
By working with nonprofit partners, corporations, community and county leaders, along with thousands of volunteers and donors, United Way of the Greater Triangle is creating significant community change in Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake counties in North Carolina through an emphasis on achieving specific results and developing lasting solutions to some of our area’s most pressing issues.