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Group offers health insurance advice

Tracy Pate was at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital Thursday afternoon helping those interested get the proper advice and guidance for the health insurance marketplace.
Pate is with Project Access, a non-profit organization that assists with the uninsured around the community. The group has recently spread its wings to Unicoi County and aims to offer any medical insurance advice to anyone who feels they need it.
Thursday’s outing at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital brought in a total of 29 people, Pate said, 10 of which received direct assistance on site.
“At this time, Project Access has the only federal and state certified navigators for the entire Northeast Tennessee region,” said Pate. “I have been doing outreach, education and assistance since October. This [most recent event] was my best turn out.”
The regions included in Project Access’ service now include Hancock, Hawkins, Greene, Unicoi, Carter, Washington and Sullivan counties.
The concept of health insurance and TennCare can be a tricky one for many folks so one of Project Access’ main goals is to help people make sense of everything.

For the remainder of this article please see the February 26, 2014 edition of The Erwin Record.