This week, United Way of the Greater Triangle announced a new pilot program in Durham County, PremiumHelp.org, to help low income families and individuals pay for health insurance premiums.
“Access to healthcare is a fundamental basic need and reflects one of the core impact areas of our organization,” said Mack Koonce, president and CEO of United Way of the Greater Triangle. “For families that live at or just above the poverty level, health insurance can be out of reach even with the federal subsidies that come with the Affordable Care Act. For qualified enrollees, this program will reduce their monthly premium costs down to zero.”
Target populations will be based on economic status, not health conditions, and PremiumHelp.org will cover the balance of the health insurance premium (the amount due after the federal subsidy) for Durham County residents whose annual income is between 100 and 175 percent of the federal poverty level. Qualifying individuals who have already enrolled can still get assistance with their premiums going forward.
The initial pilot has received commitments of up to $1 million with the possibility of expanding the program in future years.
For help with enrollment, please click here for a flyer about the Durham County Enrollment Event Series.