The Midlands community came together at Brookland Baptist Church Sunday, Feb. 15 for the final countdown to the federal health insurance marketplace deadline.
About 100 people came to the South Carolina Hospital Association’s (SCHA) event between 6 p.m. and midnight, getting one-on-one marketplace enrollment assistance. The first seeking assistance arrived at 4 p.m.
“It was such a diverse crowd,” said Rozalynn Goodwin, SCHA’s vice president for community engagement. “The event drew people from all walks of life, ethnicity and age. It was heart-warming to hear how grateful they were for the help to get health insurance coverage, many for the first time in several years.”
During the event, WIS news anchor and radio show host Judi Gatson moderated a live, 90-minute radio show on KISS FM, speaking with Rozalynn Goodwin, Senator Joel Lourie; and Catherine Bruce from Palmetto Project.
The event was buzzing with media – WLTX, WIS, ABC Columbia, KISS FM and OnPoint! with Cynthia Hardy – as well as 25 navigators, assisters and independent insurance brokers from several local organizations – Palmetto Project, The Cooperative Ministry, Richland Library, Lourie Consulting, Burt Insurance Group, Insurance Advantage, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association and Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers.
SCHA wants to give special thanks to Brookland Baptist Church for loaning their building and their staff during this event and to Palmetto Health for providing refreshments.