Health navigators continuing work in northern West Virginia

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University says a program it operates to help people in northern West Virginia sign up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is continuing its work.

Penny Womeldorff directs the WV Healthy Start Navigator Project. She says nothing has changed, even though the recent election has raised questions about the law's future.

West Virginia University associate law professor Valarie Blake says recent discussions about repealing the law shouldn't keep people from enrolling in a health care plan. Blake says it's not certain when or if repeal will occur and that if it does, the premiums are monthly and can be stopped at that time.

The program's four navigators are based in Morgantown, Elkins, Wheeling and Martinsburg.

Open enrollment for next year ends on Jan. 31.

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