NC Get Covered is a statewide, non-partisan initiative that convenes and educates diverse organizations interested in connecting North Carolinians to health coverage. Our coalition partners include community-based organizations, enrollment assisters, health insurance carriers, agents and brokers, health care providers, hospitals, faith organizations, community health centers and more.
If you wish to join us in this important effort to help North Carolinians get covered and stay covered, click here.
Megan Bolejack, NC Get Covered Coordinator
NC Get Covered’s Advisory Board meets on a monthly basis and is charged with:
- Ensuring NC Get Covered fulfills its purpose to convene and educate diverse organizations interested in connecting North Carolinians to health coverage.
- Ensuring NC Get Covered is responsive to the needs of coalition member organizations, thus helping to ensure the successful implementation of the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
- Ensuring the process by which the above activities occur is participatory, transparent, inclusive and consensus-oriented.
Current Advisory Board members include:
- Lara Antonenko, Market Manager, Individual and Family Plans, Cigna
- Jeff Bontekoe, Regional Sales Director, Bright Health
- Sherie Bryan, Insurance Agent/Broker, Health Plans Raleigh
- Jeremy Gillespie, Supervisor, Navigator Support, Centene’s Ambetter
- Jennifer Grady, Health Policy Office, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC
- Sherry Hay, Director of Community Health Initiatives, UNC Department of Family Medicine
- Jason McKito, NC Broker Manager, Bright Health
- April Morgan, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, NC Community Health Center Association
- Alex Noriega, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, High Country Community Health Center
- Jan Plummer, Health Care Navigator Coordinator, Mountain Projects, Inc.
- Nicholas Riggs, Navigator Project Assistant Director, Legal Aid of NC
- Tammie Solomon, Senior Consumer Analyst, Health Insurance Smart NC, NC Department of Insurance
- Neissly Tapia, ACA Outreach Worker, NC Farmworkers Project
- Julieanne Taylor, Attorney/Health Insurance Navigator, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy
- Mark Van Arnam, Navigator Project Director, Legal Aid of NC
- Trish Vandersea, Director of Population Health Initiatives, NC Healthcare Association
- Walker Wilson, Chief Policy Officer, NC DHHS Secretary’s Office
In February 2013, a group of 40 organizations met to discuss North Carolina’s participation in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, as our state opted not to create its own health benefit exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Within six months, this group of 40 organizations grew to nearly 100 and became known as the “Big Tent.” Big Tent meetings were held on a biweekly basis and provided a forum for concerned organizations and advocates to interact with each other and discuss the implementation of ACA policies, regulations and programs in North Carolina.
In April 2013, federal funding became available to community groups that wanted to engage in ACA work. Select members of the Big Tent coalesced to become the North Carolina Navigator Consortium and received $1.9 million to assist uninsured North Carolinians with enrolling in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This award was the fourth highest in the country.
In 2014, with generous support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Big Tent was able to create a more formal infrastructure, called NC Get Covered, and hire full-time staff. Care Share Health Alliance, a non-profit organization that works with state and local partners to improve underserved populations’ access to care and overall health, serves as NC Get Covered’s administrative home. To learn more about Care Share, click here.
- Manually add meeting note here
- August 14, 2020 – COVID-19 and Health Insurance Coverage (Urban Institute)
- July 10, 2020 – COVID-19 and Health Insurance Coverage (CDO Renewal Process)
- June 12, 2020 – COVID-19 and Health Insurance Coverage (Advocacy)
- May 15, 2020 – COVID-19 and Health Insurance Coverage
- April 24, 2020 – COVID-19 and Health Insurance Coverage
- January 17, 2020 – OE7 Debrief, Celebration and Looking Ahead
- September 20, 2019 – Introduction to AmeriHealth Caritas and NC Community Health Worker Program
- August 16, 2019 – Introduction to WellCare and Bright Health
- July 19, 2019 – Intersection Between Medicaid and ACA Marketplace Enrollment
- June 21, 2019 – Accountable Care Communities and Carolina Complete Health
- May 17, 2019 – Medicaid Managed Care: Introduction to Healthy Blue
- March 15, 2019 – Medicaid Managed Care: The Role of the NC Enrollment Broker
- February 15, 2019 – Volunteer Capacity Building and Medicaid Transformation Update
- January 18, 2019 – OE6 Debrief and Celebration
- November 16, 2018 – OE6 Updates
- September 21, 2018 – Navigator Funding, CDO Application Reminders, and Ambetter’s OE6 Plans
- August 17, 2018 – Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Plans
- July 20, 2018 – Navigator Funding, CDO Application Process, and Health Policy Update
- May 18, 2018 – Findings from the Commonwealth Fund ACA Tracking Survey
- April 20, 2018 – Health Equity and Final 2019 Payment Notice Rule
- March 16, 2018 – Short-Term Health Plans and Public Charge
- January 19, 2018 – OE5 Debrief
- November 17, 2017 – OE5 Partner Updates & Media and Messaging Tips
- October 20, 2017 – Cigna’s 2018 Health Plans and OE5 Messaging and Outreach
- September 15, 2017 – 2018 ACA Health Plans and Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program
- August 18, 2017 – NC Medicaid Managed Care, Care4Carolina, and Young Invincibles’ National Strategy for OE5
- July 21, 2017 – Health Care Policy Update, NCGC Strategic Plan, and Preparing for OE5
- May 19, 2017 – Immigration, H2A Farmworkers, and Enroll America’s Sunsetting
- April 21, 2017 – The Evolution of the ACA’s Individual Market
- March 17, 2017 – The ACA, Taxes, and Health Insurance Literacy
- February 24, 2017 – Open Enrollment Period 4 Debrief
- January 20, 2017 – Allowable Activities for 501c3 Organizations and Medicaid Expansion in NC
- December 16, 2016 – OE4 Updates and Engagement Strategies
- November 18, 2016 – Post-Election Discussion
- October 21, 2016 – Open Enrollment Four Kick-off
- September 16, 2016 – Young Adult Enrollment
- August 19, 2016 – A Hospital’s Story of ACA Outreach and Enrollment Success
- July 15, 2016 – Get Covered Connector
- June 17, 2016 – Immigrant Eligibility for Medicaid
- May 20, 2016 – Network Adequacy
- March 23, 2016 – Open Enrollment Three Debrief with HHS
- February 19, 2016 – Open Enrollment Three Debrief
- December 4, 2015 – Anne Filipic, Enroll America President
- September 18, 2015 – Open Enrollment Three Kick-off
- August 7, 2015 – Health Insurance Premiums/Rate Setting
- July 10, 2015 – King v. Burwell & Medicaid Expansion
- May 1, 2015 – Continuum of Care
- March 6, 2015 – Open Enrollment Two Debrief with HHS & King v. Burwell
- February 20, 2015 – Open Enrollment Two Debrief & Project Vote
- February 6, 2015 – Auto-enrollment & Taxes
- January 16, 2015 – Latino Outreach
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For more information about the Affordable Care Act – including ACA outreach, education and enrollment resources as well as support for consumers and in-person assisters – please visit the websites below.
Enrollment & Consumer Resources
- Get Covered Connector
- The Get Covered Connector is an online scheduling tool that allows consumers to make an appointment with a free enrollment expert who can walk them through their options.
- NC Department of Insurance/Smart NC
- NC Toll-Free # for Local In-Person Assistance: 1-855-733-3711
In-Person Assister Resources
To view a list of training resources for outreach and enrollment assisters, please click here.
Safety Net Resources
In-person assisters play a vital role in North Carolina’s efforts to educate consumers about their health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act; enroll them into coverage on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace; and teach them how to use their insurance, including helping consumers understand confusing health insurance terminology, like co-pays and deductibles. For those consumers who do not qualify for coverage under the ACA, in-person assisters can help them locate other low-cost resources in their local community, like community health centers and free clinics.
NC Get Covered appreciates the compassion, dedication and skill that North Carolina assisters bring to your work every day. Below is a list of training resources to help ensure your continued success as we all strive to reach the remaining uninsured in our state.
OE6 Resources for Enrollment Assisters
- Comparing ACA Plans with Short-Term Health Plans (Flyer)
- Enrollment Tips from Seasoned Assisters (Password = outreach)
- Kaiser Family Foundation (Fact sheets, videos on health insurance literacy, Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator, etc.)
- OE6 Flyer in English, OE6 Flyer in Spanish
- Q&A video with staff from the NC Community Health Center Association and NC Get Covered
- Webinar Recording on Short-Term Health Plans (Password = outreach)
- Young Invincibles (OE6 Partner Toolkit)
2019 Qualified Health Plans Webinar Training – October 2018 (Dropbox link)
Please click on the Dropbox link above to view materials from webinars held with Ambetter, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, and Cigna regarding their 2019 Qualified Health Plans. To listen to the recordings, please click on the links below and use the password “outreach.”
2018 Qualified Health Plans Regional Trainings with BCBSNC (Dropbox link)
To view materials from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC’s 2018 Qualified Health Plans training (held in different parts of the state), please click on the Dropbox link above.
Please click on the Dropbox link above to view materials from NC Get Covered’s statewide webinar on the 2017 Qualified Health Plans offered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC and Cigna.
On November 4, 2015, NC Get Covered hosted a webinar training for nearly 300 enrollment assisters across the state concerning North Carolina’s 2016 Qualified Health Plans. Please click on the Dropbox link above to view materials from the statewide training.
The official Marketplace information source for assisters and outreach partners. On this site, you will find information about assister programs and tools to help existing and new Health Insurance Marketplace consumers.
This guide is focused solely on the private insurance reforms of the Affordable Care Act, including the health insurance marketplaces, rating, benefit and cost structures, and premium tax credits. It is intended to supplement the Navigator training available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is not intended to be a comprehensive, stand-alone resource for all the reforms of the Affordable Care Act.
A project of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities designed to provide training and resources that explain health coverage available through Medicaid, CHIP, and the Marketplace. It is aimed at navigators, advocates, state and local officials and others who help consumers get and keep their health coverage.
An online community where people who are engaged in helping individuals enroll in health insurance can interact with others doing similar work. As a member of the In the Loop community, you will be able to engage with other enrollment specialists across the country to share best practices, successes and lessons learned. You’ll be able to troubleshoot your problems and hear how other enrollment specialists have overcome similar challenges.
IPA Conference in Greensboro, NC – October 22, 2018 (Dropbox link)
The 2018 Educate, Empower, Enroll Conference for NC In-Person Assisters provided an opportunity for more than 100 outreach and enrollment staff from across the state to network and get excited about Open Enrollment Period 6. To view materials from the conference, please click on the Dropbox link above.
IPA Conference in Greensboro, NC – October 4-5, 2016 (Dropbox link)
Two hundred enrollment assisters from across the state met in Greensboro on October 4-5, 2016 to network, share best practices, and get excited about Open Enrollment Period 4. Click on the Dropbox link above to view resources from the statewide conference.
IPA Conference in Greensboro, NC – October 13, 2015 (Dropbox link)
The 2015 Educate, Empower, Enroll Conference for NC In-Person Assisters provided an opportunity for outreach and enrollment staff from across the state to network, share best practices, and get excited about Open Enrollment Three. Click on the Dropbox link above to view resources from the conference.
Provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, in-person assisters can find answers to important questions about the Affordable Care Act, including marketplace eligibility, minimum essential coverage, cost-sharing reductions and more!
NCCHCA Outreach & Enrollment Partners Newsletter (Dropbox link)
Written by staff at the NC Community Health Center Association, these newsletters provide outreach and enrollment partners with news and updates related to the Marketplace, new resources, tips and workarounds, and upcoming dates to remember.
NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance (Dropbox link)
Resources from the NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance’s Health Insurance and Safety Net Resources Work Group, including Medicaid Expansion talking points and a report titled, “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Rural North Carolina”.
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