Christ Community Health Services Helping People Navigate Affordable Health Care Act

Christ Community Health Services Helping People Navigate Affordable Health Care Act

People are continuing to try and apply for insurance coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - People are continuing to try and apply for insurance coverage under the Affordable Health Care Act.

While it's been a monumental hassle to deal with the website, Christ Community Health Services in Memphis is offering its members free advice, and is signing them up.

Officials with the agency said Memphis is a city where there are a lot of people who either don't have coverage, or not enough of it.

Christ Community Health services has seen an overwhelming response from its membership saying they want to be a part of the Affordable Health Care Act, and they're doing what they can to help them.

“One of the biggest questions is obviously how much does it cost. How much will I have to pay? People seem willing to want to have health coverage for themselves and for their families,” Amanda Chandler of Christ Community Health Services said.

Call it the affordable health care act. Call it Obamacare. Helen Key calls it a program she needs.

“You know, I've heard a lot of people say you want something for free. I want to pay for mine,” Key said.

Helen's like most of the people we spoke with. This isn't a room of freeloaders. This is a room of people who want a sense of security in their lives. People who have tried to get health care only to be turned down by insurance companies.

“Pre-existing condition. Breast cancer survivor. They turn me down. So I’m so glad for this affordable insurance to come into play, because i want it,” Brenda Morgan said.

Everybody has a story. Brenda Morgan has had a series of small strokes in her life. No insurance for her until this plan came along. She said filling out the forms haven't been a problem.

“I'm staying with my son, and I haven't had health coverage because I don't have a full time job. I have a temporary job. They don't give benefits,” Morgan said.

What Christ Community is doing is trying to help people avoid the now infamous health care website.

“We've had some issues getting into the website. But what we're doing is, we've trained our staff to fill out paper applications and we try to find other avenues for people to get the information they need,” Chandler said.

What it shows is there are a lot of people in Memphis who are one serious illness away from losing everything they have.

That's why they feel this is so important.
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