PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - West Virginian University at Parkersburg will host a program on Thursday to help people who need to enroll, re-enroll or change health coverage through the health-insurance marketplace.
Representatives of WV Navigator, a federally funded grant program operated by First Choice Services, will be available to offer the free help from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. The program also can help people who qualify for subsidies.
The deadline to enroll or change plans is Dec. 15,
Jeremy Smith, an ACA Navigator and program director at First Choice Services, said health-care enrollment in West Virginia has dropped this year, most likely because of confusion about health coverage.
So far, 5,025 people have enrolled. That's compared with 7,828 people who enrolled two years ago.
Smith said people are being misled after going to websites other than healthcare.gov.
"A lot of people don't realize that if you get your health insurance on the marketplace, for most people there's financial assistance available that can help you pay for your health insurance plan," Smith said. "In fact, last year eight in 10 West Virginians that got their insurance on the market place qualified for monthly subsidies that help pay for their health insurance."