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Wake County Added to United Way’s PremiumHelp.org
Assistance with health insurance premiums for low-income residents now available in Durham, Orange and Wake Counties
MORRISVILLE, NC (December 14, 2015) – United Way of the Greater Triangle (UWGT) announced today the expansion of its program to help low-income families and individuals pay for health insurance premiums, called PremiumHelp.org. The program will now be available in Wake County as well as Durham and Orange. Target populations will be based on economic status, not health conditions.
For the 2016 benefit year, $1.51 million has been committed to the program.
PremiumHelp.org will cover the balance of the health insurance premium, the amount due after the federal subsidy, for residents in three counties whose annual income is between 100 and 175 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, or between $24,250 and $42,437 for a family of four. Currently, five Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Silver-Level plans offered through the North Carolina Health Insurance Marketplace at Healthcare.gov are part of the program.
“We are committed to improving the health and well-being of our citizens in Wake County. The availability of this program is an important step in continuing to make Wake the healthiest capital county in the nation,” said Regina Petteway, Director, Wake County Human Services. “We all know access to health care is vital to family and community well-being. This new initiative will make a significant difference in the lives of uninsured and underinsured people in our community.”
The pilot program, launched on Dec. 15, 2014 in Durham County only, approved more than 180 individual applications, assisting about 300 people with obtaining and maintaining coverage. Half had been uninsured the previous year and more than 70 percent were first time enrollees on HealthCare.gov.
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United Way is committed to supporting immediate basic needs and working toward long-term, sustainable solutions to some of the area’s most pressing issues in four North Carolina counties, Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake. A new focus on low income families and children uses a collaborative approach to dramatically change the course of their futures. Learn more about UWGT’s work at unitedwaytriangle.org. | 2400 Perimeter Park Drive, Suite 150 | Morrisville, NC 27560 | 919.460.8687