Will E Sanders
TROY — Health Partners Free Clinic, 1300 N. County Road 25-A, Troy, now has an Affordable Care Act marketplace navigator at their facility to assist the clinic’s patients with getting enrolled in the program.
Executive Director Justin Coby said Health Partners now has a part-time ACA marketplace navigator, Stephanie Morris, and she will be offering assistance to clients of the free clinic to enroll in the nationwide health care program.
Coby said some of the patients that use Health Partners either need help with enrolling or are not familiar enough with how to use the Internet to register for the program, which is where Morris comes in.
“She is able to help individuals with navigating the site and understanding the process,” he said. “She will help walk people through the website and help them navigate it. … In our demographic at Health Partners this is vital to us because a lot of the people who (come here) don’t have access to the Internet or are not familiar with it. To have her here is a really great benefit to us.”
Since last month Morris has started helping clients at Health Partners with enrolling them in the program so they can start receiving the benefits of the ACA.
“The process is taking longer than we originally expected,” Coby said. “It’s been slow, but steady.”
The services of Morris were acquired thanks to a grant from the Ohio Association of Food Banks and administered through the Ohio Association of Free Clinics to various clinics around the state, including Health Partners, Coby said.
The grant that is paying for the services Morris is providing will continue through this coming summer.
The aim of the non-profit organization, which was established in 1998, is the increase the availability of health care for uninsured and under-insured county citizens by providing a clinic for all ages and staffed by health care professionals.
To schedule an appointment with Morris, call her at (937) 332-0894, extension 207.
“For our folks this is a great resource to use to get insurance,” Coby said. “We celebrate when someone gets insurance at the clinic. People want the care, and the deserve the care.”