ACCESS Kicking Off Role As Health Care 'Navigator'

By: ap
By: ap

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- A suburban Detroit nonprofit organization that will help people sign up for insurance under the new health care law is holding a kickoff event.

Dearborn-based ACCESS, formally known as the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services, is holding the media event Monday afternoon at the Arab American National Museum. Invited guests include Democratic members of Michigan's congressional delegation.

The organization is sharing $2.5 million with three other state organizations to train and hire outreach workers. ACCESS' share is about $277,000.

The so-called navigators will people through the process of buying private insurance through an online marketplace, or exchange. ACCESS says it's providing its services to individuals at no cost.

Enrollment for the law's new coverage options starts Tuesday and benefits kick in Jan. 1.


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