Federal and state health organizations held a "Keep Mississippi Covered" initiative on Wednesday at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.
The event was an effort to bring together organizations to focus on getting and keeping people enrolled in the Affordable Health Care Program.
Following the third period of Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, Mississippi has seen an increase in the health insurance marketplace.
Although positive, post enrollment numbers show that Mississippians are having trouble keeping their health coverage. As a result, new emphasis is being placed on educating enrollees on how to use and maintain their coverage in order to remain enrolled.
To aid in this effort, the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program and Health Help Mississippi hosted the health insurance marketplace post-enrollment meeting for area community navigators, certified application counselor, and other stakeholders.
The meeting titled “Keep MS Covered: Help Consumers Get the Most of Their Marketplace Insurance,” helped provide information on how consumers should use and get the most from their new coverage.
The meeting also included representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Enroll America, which took part in the discussion about marketplace retention in Mississippi and the national efforts aimed at keeping consumers enrolled in health insurance.