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Health insurance navigators are ready to help those eligible navigate

Raleigh, N.C. – The health insurance navigators of the NC Navigator Consortium are providing free help for North Carolinians that qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) on the Health Insurance Marketplace® at currently open to families who make 100% to 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The SEP was opened earlier this year to low-income individuals and families who may benefit from low costs through the American Rescue Plan. The NC Navigator Consortium’s federally qualified health insurance navigators are scheduling appointments (by phone, in person or virtually) at or 1-855-733-3711. 

The SEP is available to eligible people who have applied for coverage since Open Enrollment ended and who didn’t have access to another SEP from a qualifying life event. The new SEP will allow eligible consumers to enroll in coverage at any time, and possibly qualify for more savings. The FPL annual household income varies by state and household size. According to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), in North Carolina:

For a household/family size of: 150% of the FPL is:

“Last year’s Open Enrollment period was very busy for our statewide network of local health insurance navigators,” said Mark Van Arnam, director of the NC Navigator Consortium. “We know uninsured North Carolinians need and want this coverage, but don’t know they can apply now to get coverage that is more affordable than ever.”

Started in 2014, the NC Navigator Consortium is a nonpartisan, nonprofit group of organizations whose health insurance navigators give peace of mind to those seeking free, unbiased help finding quality, affordable coverage. Navigators connect consumers to qualified health plans that provide essential health benefits and preventive care, in addition to mental health care, ER care and maternity coverage, not limited by caps or pre-existing conditions. These benefits are covered in all policies available on, the federal Health Insurance Marketplace® established by the Affordable Care Act. Tax credits and subsidies made possible by the American Rescue Plan have lowered premiums, making Marketplace plans very affordable.

Though the Marketplace has increased access to health insurance coverage for millions, trying to enroll or update one’s coverage through the Marketplace can be confusing and overwhelming. Health insurance navigators help North Carolinians maximize their coverage by:

  • Taking time with them to help avoid mistakes
  • Showing all options, ensuring their providers are in-network
  • Explaining terminology and processes, increasing health insurance literacy
  • Assisting them with estimating their income for the year ahead, one of the most difficult parts of the application process

Navigators are available year round for questions and to address other issues like qualifying life events, special enrollment periods and income adjustments.

The NC Navigator Consortium is the only federally funded entity of its kind in North Carolina, supported in part by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Learn more at, and follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Members of the Consortium are Access EastCharlotte Center for Legal AdvocacyCouncil on Aging of Buncombe CountyCumberland HealthNETHealthCare AccessHealthNet GastonKintegra HealthNC FIELD and Pisgah Legal Services. The Consortium is led by Legal Aid of North Carolina

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. Learn more at and follow on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube


The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity number CA-NAV-21-001 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.

Author: Dee Grano

N.C. legal services attorney and advocate Ashley Campbell takes the helm

RALEIGH — Legal Aid of North Carolina has announced legal services attorney and longtime volunteer Ashley Campbell as its new CEO. Campbell has begun the transition process with George Hausen, the organization’s leader of more than 20 years who is retiring. Campbell brings more than 20 years of legal experience and leadership acumen as a legal services attorney, commercial litigator, assistant clinical professor and director of the Blanchard Community Law Clinic.

Campbell assumes the role as Legal Aid of North Carolina celebrates its 20th anniversary and seeks to grow the organization’s impact. To learn more, donate, volunteer and get involved, visit

“Ashley started her legal career as a staff attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina in 2003 and has been a valued volunteer and legal services advocate ever since,” explained Gonzalo Frias, managing counsel with Wells Fargo’s legal department and chair of Legal Aid of North Carolina’s board of directors. “She has built a distinguished career and impressive track record of increasing access to justice in various leadership roles. We are honored to have her as this organization’s next CEO.”

“We do this work because we are passionately committed to the idea that all people are entitled to fair representation in our courts,” said Campbell. “I look forward to working with our donors, staff and legal services partners to do everything that we can to increase access to justice for all North Carolinians.”

Campbell began her career at Legal Aid of North Carolina in 2003 representing clients in the areas of landlord tenant and domestic violence in Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln counties. During that time, Campbell was supervised and trained by legendary housing attorney Ted Fillette, with whom she brought an appeal to the N.C. Court of Appeals, resulting in a decision that reaffirmed the rights of residential tenants to safe and habitable housing. The case (Dean v. Hill, 171 N.C.App. 479, July 2005) has since been cited by the North Carolina appellate courts more than a dozen times.

In 2005, Campbell worked at the N.C. General Assembly as a non-partisan staff attorney in the Bill Drafting division and committee counsel to the House Finance Committee. In the years that followed, Campbell became an experienced real estate and commercial litigator at Ragsdale Liggett. In 2016, she transitioned her practice to Campbell Law School where she served as director of the Blanchard Community Law Clinic. She led a team of lawyers, administrators and law students to provide legal services in the areas of criminal record expunction, driver’s license restoration, debt remediation, landlord/tenant and domestic violence representation.

Campbell’s professional accomplishments have been honored by the North Carolina Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, North Carolina Lawyers Weekly and the Triangle Business Journal. She has been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers® multiple times and has been a “Best Lawyer in America” in commercial and real estate litigation since 2016. In 2017, she became president of the Wake County Bar Association where she championed pro bono service and fundraising for Legal Aid of North Carolina. She transformed the Bar leadership nominating process to recruit more diverse leadership into the Bar, which remains one of the most diverse in the state.

Campbell is a member of the Chief Justice’s Equal Access to Justice Commission and the Chief Justice’s Faith and Justice Alliance. She is also past president of the Tenth Judicial District Bar. She was nominated by her peers in the Tenth Judicial District in January 2022 to serve on the State Bar Council, a position she took to work on regulatory change issues to increase access to justice. 



Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. Learn more at Follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and YouTube. Need legal help? Call 1-866-219-5262 (toll-free) or apply online at

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Author: Dee Grano

Asheville—The North Carolina Bar Association has announced that the 2022 recipient of the Deborah Greenblatt Outstanding Legal Services Attorney Award is Angeleigh Dorsey, who serves as Western Regional Manager for Legal Aid of North Carolina.

The Bar Association presents the Greenblatt award “to a legal services attorney who has made an exemplary contribution to the provision of legal assistance to help meet the needs of the poverty population in North Carolina.” The award is one of the Bar Association’s annual Pro Bono Awards, which are given to lawyers, law students, law firms and other groups for public-interest legal work.

Dorsey’s accomplishments include establishing a new field office for Legal Services of North Carolina that covered six counties in the western region; implementing the launch of the new NC Medicaid Ombudsman program on a very short timeline; and developing Legal Aid NC’s Senior Law Project into a 17-person statewide project, including starting a stand-alone Senior Legal Helpline.

George Hausen, Executive Director of Legal Aid NC, referred to Dorsey as a “trailblazer, single-handedly creating pathways to justice, where previously there were none.” He described her as a leading expert in government benefits such as Social Security and Medicare. “What makes Angie such a wonderful leader,” he said, “is that she combines the passion and empathy to make clients feel heard and empowered with the vision to make access to legal justice a reality.”

Meredith Gregory, Legal Aid NC’s Managing Attorney of its Senior Law Project, said that Dorsey has represented countless clients in accessing a basic income and basic healthcare, has secured grant funds to continue Legal Aid’s work, and answers her colleagues’ questions on everything “from a complex Medicaid issue, to a funder’s compliance question, to how to fix a broken drawer.”

Dorsey currently manages Legal Aid NC’s western region, a 27-county area stretching from Charlotte and Concord up to Boone and over to Murphy. She has performed leadership roles in the national development of senior legal helplines and has led pro bono efforts of state and local bar associations. She is also known for her volunteer work, including serving on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Western Carolina.

Dorsey has raised two sons and lives in Arden, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and a dog.

Media Contact

Bryan Alexander, Legal Aid of North Carolina, 404-273-3104,