‘Surge Center’ for affordable health care opens in Charleston

  • Monday, December 2, 2013

A “Surge Center” for affordable health care is now open in Charleston. Lowcountry “Getcovered” Surge Center will be open until Dec. 20 on weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at

360 Concord St., Suite 105, Charleston at Fountain Walk (next to the South Carolina Aquarium).

Thanks to the efforts of the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Progressive Network, a new downtown office near the aquarium will open to help people enroll in an affordable health insurance plan.

The Lowcountry #Getcovered Surge Center will serve as a headquarters for open enrollment assistance under the Affordable Care Act in the SC Lowcountry.

Certified Navigators will be equipped with internet connected work stations that will allow them to access to use the now fully functional www.healthcare.gov website.

The S.C. Progressive Network, a member of the Health Insurance Education Cooperative, will coordinate navigation efforts at the Surge Center. Health care consumers should call the center at 843-475-2859 to set up a navigation appointment. Walk-in clients are welcome, but might need to wait for help.

The Surge Center was established with the intent of providing Charlestonians with increased access to Affordable Care Act navigators, who can help guide individuals and small-business owners in their pursuit of lower cost health insurance.

On nights and weekends, when the center is not open, mobile navigation and outreach teams will be available to provide education and navigation services. These units will operate with mobile Internet equipment.

All Affordable Care Act navigation and education services are available to public at no charge. The S.C. Progressive Network is a coalition of health care, social justice, fair housing and other community organizations working to improve the living conditions of all South Carolinians.

Parking will be available free with validation at the City of Charleston’s parking garage located at 24 Calhoun Street. (Please bring your parking ticket with you for validation.) The Surge Center is also accessible via Charleston’s free DASH trolley line. For information on the DASH line, please phone 843.724.7420 or visit their website at: http://www.ridecarta.com/riding-carta/routesmapsschedules/carta-dash-trolley-map-times.

For more information contact Health care Navigation Lead Loreen Myerson at 843-475-2859 or the Health Insurance Education Cooperative - S.C. Progressive Network, State Office, Columbia at 803-445-1921.

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