Starting Tuesday, October 1, The Cooperative Ministry is launching The Health Insurance Education Cooperative. This initiative is designed to help the uninsured and underinsured across the Midlands learn of options and plan for the health insurance that may make that unexpected illness easier to financially manage.
Through the Health Insurance Education Cooperative, personal navigators will be available to answer questions and provide unbiased information on options available within the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. With over 750,000 uninsured South Carolinians, and over 25% of those living in the Midlands area, The Cooperative Ministry will work with the SC Progressive Network, the Modjeska Simkins House and other partners to provide trained navigators at designated sites across an 11 county area, which includes Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Newberry, Saluda, Orangeburg, Calhoun, Kershaw, Sumter, York and Greenville Counties.
Those who are seeking assistance from the Health Insurance Education Cooperative can call or visit one of our initial sites:
The Cooperative Ministry
3821 West Beltine Blvd., Columbia, SC
Monday—Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm
South Carolina Progressive Network
Modjeska Simkins House
2025 Marion St., Columbia, SC
Monday—Friday between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm
The Health Insurance Education Cooperative may also be reached by calling (803) 465-6330 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A calendar of sites will be updated by the end of October reaching our 11 county area, so please be sure to check back at www.coopmin.org for additional dates, times and information.
If you do not seek help via our network, options can also be explored through other partners and resources including the Benefit Bank of South Carolina, Eau Claire Health Cooperative or by visiting healthcare.gov.
A White House team put together this video in an effort to unpack the law, piece by piece, in a simple way. It explains exactly what October 1 is going to mean for millions who need coverage. Click here to take a look.