Our Work in Numbers
501,271 North Carolinians selected Affordable Care Act plans
49,592 (Jan-June 2018) People received healthcare coordinated by the Collaborative Networks
77 Peer-to-peer learning opportunities coordinated
53 Facilitated sessions for 13 organizations
12 Facilitated discussions around policy or system changes impacting North Carolinians
9 Webinars hosted
4 Strategic plans
Collaborative Network Highlight: Reducing Social Determinant of Health Barriers to Improve Health
Hertford Health Maintenance Alliance (HHMA): Transporting Residents with Innovative Practices (TRIP)
In September of 2017, client John, who has uncontrolled hypertension, was enrolled into the Transporting Residents with Innovative Practices (TRIP) program. John’s highest blood pressure reading was 152/100. With his enrollment in the TRIP program, John has received transportation to primary care provider visits and he has successfully lowered his blood pressure reading down to 128/84!
The motto of the TRIP program is “No patient would be left without a ride!” The program uses a rotating system of transportation companies similar to the ambulance system. Four companies take turns transporting participants in the program for one week each. If a company is busy there is always the option of using one of the other transportation companies. This pilot program began with fifty patients who are uninsured, have active medical appointments but are without affordable and reliable transportation. Patients of the local hospital’s cancer care unit and those who are frequent users of the emergency department were also enrolled in TRIP. Participants could travel up to 200 miles one way to access medical appointments in places like Durham, Greenville, or Norfolk, VA. They are also able to use the transportation system for non-medical visits that support good health, including stops to the pharmacy, farmers’ market, grocery stores, wellness centers and gyms.
Clients using the TRIP program are improving their health. Sixty-six percent improved their blood pressure readings. There was a 53% reduction in emergency department visits. Clients lost weight and improved A1C levels. The TRIP program is successful at reducing transportation barriers and in improving health!
NC Get Covered Highlights for 2018
- 501,271 North Carolinians selected plans via HealthCare.gov during Open Enrollment with the support of NC Get Covered and statewide partners.
- $450k+ Secured in grant support from various donors.
- 110 In-person assisters came together to network, share best practices, and get excited about OE6 at the 2018 Educate, Empower, Enroll Conference for NC Assisters.
- 10 Statewide convenings and learning opportunities for partners, including Qualified Health Plan trainings with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, Centene’s Ambetter, and Cigna.
- 3rd Place ranking for NC in number of people selecting plans through the Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, behind FL and TX.
“I work with navigator groups all over the country and can say the statewide coalition organized by NC Get Covered is one of the best and most organized I work with. As the market continues to evolve, NC Get Covered’s efforts in working with underserved populations is more important than it’s ever been.”~ Jeremy Gillespie, Supervisor, Navigator Support, Ambetter