Get Covered WNC Manager, Jan Plummer Honored by County

RECOGNITION – Haywood County Government proudly recognizes the outstanding contributions of Jan Plummer from Mountain Projects, Celesa Willett from United Way of Haywood County and Mebane Rash with EdNC, in their dedicated efforts towards the success of the GetCovered WNC/Milltown Health Care Initiative. They were honored at the Haywood County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, December 18th, 2023.

The initiative, aimed at providing crucial healthcare coverage for former mill workers and individuals affected by the Pactiv Evergreen closure, has made significant strides in improving the well-being of our community. The collaborative efforts of Jan Plummer, Celesa Willett and Mebane Rash have been instrumental in achieving this milestone.

Through generous funding support from Dogwood Health Trust and the Haywood Healthcare Foundation, Mountain Projects’ certified application counselors, led by Jan Plummer, have played a pivotal role in assisting former mill workers and those impacted by downsizing in finding suitable healthcare coverage for themselves and their families. The initiative recognizes the importance of accessible and comprehensive health coverage in ensuring the overall health and resilience of the community.

One of the key highlights of the GetCovered WNC/Milltown Health Care Initiative is the provision of financial support to workers. Thanks to the dedication of Celesa Willett from United Way of Haywood County, individuals enrolled in the program have received up to $500 per family member per month as reimbursement for health insurance premiums. This financial assistance has alleviated the burden on families, allowing them to prioritize their health and well-being without compromising on other essential needs.

Mebane Rash and her dedicated team at EdNC have played a crucial role in championing Haywood County. Through their diligent efforts, they have adeptly navigated various resources and forged valuable connections to support this vital initiative.

“The GetCovered WNC/Milltown Health Care Initiative is a shining example of community resilience and compassion,” says David Francis, Haywood County Economic Development Director. “Their commitment reflects the collaborative spirit that defines our county, and we extend our deepest appreciation for their tireless efforts.”

This initiative stands as a testament to the positive outcomes that can be achieved through public-private partnerships and the unwavering commitment of individuals like Jan Plummer, Celesa Willett and Mebane Rash. Haywood County looks forward to continued collaboration and success in ensuring the health and prosperity of its residents.

To learn more about GetCovered WNC, click here.