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Legal Aid Societies Get Grant for Health Care ‘Navigators’

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Some Charlottesville families who don't have health insurance will soon have help figuring out if they can get coverage under President Barack Obama's health care plan.

Thursday, Health and Human Services awarded a grant to a coalition of legal aid societies that will bring two health care navigators to Charlottesville. That means instead of navigating the new health care system with only the help of a website or phone operator, people can meet face-to-face with someone who will help them figure out what coverage they qualify for.

The grant was awarded to the Virginia Poverty Law Center and several other legal aid groups, including the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville.

"For the people whose income is between a hundred percent and 4 hundred percent of poverty, there's going to be a great deal of help available to make the premiums affordable so that their families are not at risk if they have an illness or an injury that might otherwise just financially wipe them out," said Claire Curry, legal director at the Legal Aid Justice Center.

The grant will bring two full-time navigator positions to the Legal Aid Justice Center.

Health care enrollment starts October 1, so these positions will be filled as soon as possible and the center will have updates on its website.

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