ACA health insurance navigation underway with sign-up events

Navigators Viviana Cossio, center, and Carolina Montilla talk to a shopper Saturday at the Santa Fe Mall in Duluth about enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This year’s federal grant for ACA navigators went to Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health, which created Obamacare Para Latinos for Spanish speakers and HealthcareGA for English speakers. (PHOTO by STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

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Navigators Viviana Cossio, center, and Carolina Montilla talk to a shopper Saturday at the Santa Fe Mall in Duluth about enrolling for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. This year’s federal grant for ACA navigators went to Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health, which created Obamacare Para Latinos for Spanish speakers and HealthcareGA for English speakers. (PHOTO by STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

Enrollment for 2019 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is underway in Georgia.

On Saturday, federally funded navigators walked door to door through the immigrant communities in Clarkston, manned a fair information table at M. Agnes Jones Elementary School in Atlanta and talked to shoppers at a Duluth mall that caters to Spanish speakers.

“We want them to understand why it’s important for them to get coverage,” said Viviana Cossio, one of the navigators at Santa Fe Mall on Saturday to discuss enrollment under the ACA, also known as Obamacare. “They are happy to know they will have navigators in Spanish available to assist them.”

Cossio said navigators talked to several dozen people to get them to make appointments later to do actual sign-ups before the enrollment period is scheduled to end Dec. 15.

The Trump administration chose her organization as the 2018 navigator group to guide Georgians through the sign-up process for 2019 ACA plans, also known as Obamacare. The group, Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health, created a Spanish-language arm, Obamacare Para Latinos, and an English-speaking arm, HealthcareGA. Their phone number for all languages is 1-888-230-7772.

The administration chose Georgia Refugee Health and Mental Health with the goal of seeking out customers for Obamacare from what it called populations “left behind” in previous years’ sign-ups.

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Photographer Steve Schaefer contributed to this article.

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