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Covering New Hampshire and the North Country Health Consortium hosted health insurance enrollment events in five locations across northern New Hampshire this weekend. There were 118 people who were able to learn more about their health insurance options and nearly 40 people receive help signing up for a plan.

 

The events were part of National Youth Enrollment Day, a day of action to educate young adults on the importance of having health insurance. Representatives from Covering New Hampshire and the North Country Health Consortium spoke with young people about the health insurance options now available because of the health care reform. The event was open to all who wanted information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and people were given the opportunity to ask health insurance-related questions to certified assisters, as well as review and enroll in plans on the Marketplace.

 

New Hampshire wasn’t the only state reaching out to young people on Saturday. National Youth Enrollment Day events were held in communities across the country in collaboration with event sponsor Young Invincibles and Enroll America. Young Invincibles is an organization that represents the voices of young Americans in the debate about health care and health issues. Enroll America is a non-profit group that focusing on maximizing the number of Americans who enroll and maintain health insurance.

 

In New Hampshire, events were held in five locations across northern NH, including Lancaster, Gorham, Littleton, Haverhill and Plymouth.

 

North Country Health Consortium Executive Director Nancy Frank said the enrollment events were a great opportunity to reach out to young adults who still have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

 

“Young people know it is important to have health insurance just in case the unexpected accident or illness happens. Unfortunately, young people are also likely to forego insurance because they can’t afford it or feel the risk isn’t as great as the cost,” said Frank. “This event was a great opportunity to show young people in New Hampshire that affordable health insurance is within their reach through the Health Insurance Marketplace.”

 

Additional enrollment events for the uninsured or those who are not offered health insurance through their employer will be held every day between now and March 31, the final day of open enrollment on the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information about these events, or how to meet with a certified assister, go to www.coveringnh.org.

 

Covering New Hampshire is the official, free resource for Granite Staters to learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and the new, affordable health insurance plans that are now available. Covering New Hampshire aims to help people understand the new health care law and assist in connecting people with Health Insurance Marketplace. The organization also connects people with in-person assisters who will help them enroll and with organizations that can help them get coverage. 

 

North Country Health Consortium is a rural health network that collaborates with health and human services providers to improve the health status of northern New Hampshire residents. Learn more at nchcnh.org or call (603) 259-3700.

 

 

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