The OAFC Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigator program has been in effect since the first Open Enrollment roll-out in October of 2013. The navigator program was established as part of the ACA to ensure that individuals in states utilizing federally-facilitated health insurance marketplace could access help with enrollment in healthcare coverage. The navigator program emphasizes the importance of reaching vulnerable populations and providing face-to-face enrollment assistance whenever possible. The role of the navigator is to: raise awareness about the fedrally facilitated marketplace, implement community-based enrollment events across Ohio, and facilitate the selection of a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) or enrollment in Medicaid coverage. The OAFC currently has 12 Navigators stationed at free clinics throughout Ohio. They are an available resource to anyone in the community seeking assistance, not exclusively clinic patients. The OAFC Navigators have enrolled over 2,500 Ohioans in health care coverage since October 2013.
The counties listed under the Navigators are where they are located, however the Navigators also serve many of their contiguous counties.