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SEVCA to continue Health Navigator program

WESTMINSTER—Need help to get public health insurance or Medicaid? Having difficulty with the process of renewing your benefits or adjusting your coverage? SEVCA’s Health Navigator is available to help families and individuals in Windham or Windsor counties get or keep the coverage they need to stay healthy and/or obtain treatment.

SEVCA is able to continue its successful Health Navigator program in the face of extremely limited public funding for this vital service due to a multi-year grant from the Fannie Holt Ames & Edna Louise Holt Fund.

Although the Trump administration has cut funding for promotion of the benefits available through the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), as well as assistance to obtain or change it, there are still options for coverage through the Health Exchange in Vermont, as well as Medicaid for those households that qualify, and SEVCA’s Navigator is there to help make sure the public can access them.

“SEVCA is committed to supporting health care access for low-income and other vulnerable households in our service area,” said Steve Geller, SEVCA’s executive director, in a news release.

“Without advocates to assist them, the negative impacts of the increasingly confusing health insurance maze on lower-income households will be even worse, and hundreds of local families, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and others could be left to fend for themselves as they try to maintain coverage and obtain appropriate care and treatment.”

SEVCA recently welcomed Paul Reyns as its new Health Navigator, and anyone in Windham and Windsor counties in need of assistance with coverage is urged to call him at 800-464-9951.

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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Janet (Venice, Florida, US) says...

You nailed it perfectly.

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banar Singleton (Michigan, US) says...

Spot on...thank you for challenging those who would blanketly dismiss your opinion/facts to do their own \"facts checking\". Unfortunately I fear many if not most of these sheep will be lead to slaughter thinking that they are going to the trough.

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Foreign hand on the scale isn’t an unbiased conclusion. You argument might be more forceful without highlighting this issue.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #463 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018). This story appeared on page A4.

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