Navigator visits here
by MARY L. KIRBY
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NAVIGATOR CLYDE CLUBB leads a participant at Saturday's meeting at the Disabled American Veterans building on N. Wood St. through her questions as she prepares to apply for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Navigators will also be in attendance at the Upshur County Health Fair this week.
Mirror Photo / Mary Laschinger Kirby
NAVIGATOR CLYDE CLUBB leads a participant at Saturday's meeting at the Disabled American Veterans building on N. Wood St. through her questions as she prepares to apply for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Navigators will also be in attendance at the Upshur County Health Fair this week.
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Clyde Clubb, a Navigator for Special Health Resources for Texas (SHRT), gathered at the Disabled American Veterans building opposite the Walmart in north Gilmer with 18 participants as he walked them through the steps to gain health insurance.

The deadline of March 31 to enroll in a health insurance plan which meets the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is rapidly approaching.

Clubb with his three co-workers in the Longview office try to answer questions of persons currently without health insurance and “navigate” them through the steps they need to take.

Clubb made an hour long Power Point presentation about the steps involved while answering specific questions those present had.

Special Health Resources of Texas will be back in Gilmer Saturday at the Upshur County Health Fair to answer questions again. Clubb pointed out that one of the problems as time runs short for enrollment will be getting ones payment to the insurance company before March 31. Until the insurance company gets the initial payment, the process is not complete.

As the group discussion came to an end, Shirley Jackson, a retired Gilmer teacher and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, offered coffee and doughnuts as people took a break.

While many left at the break having learned they either already had insurance which met the requirements (Medicare, CHIP, Medicaid, Veterans Administration coverage, or job-based insurance) or they fell into the gap not covered when Texas did not join the Medicaid expansion.

Others remained behind to discuss their specific cases with the Navigator. At least one couple and an individual planned taking follow-up steps this week to enroll.

Making arrangements for the meeting, locating the site, and providing the refreshments were all done as a service project of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

For further information, contact SHRT by telephone at 903-247-1078 or by email: navigator@shrt.net. Another option is to visit their office at 501 Pine Tree Road, Suite PK5, in Longview.

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