Benjamin Wills’ dream is to open a private Christian school in a downtrodden area of west Atlanta.
One hurdle he has faced, though, was finding a less expensive source of health insurance for himself, his wife and their daughter.
Benjamin Wills speaks to reporters as (from left) Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, Dr. Michael Brooks and Sylvia Burwell look on.
Wills, 28, found an answer in the Affordable Care Act exchange. He chose a plan with a monthly premium of $370 for family medical and dental coverage — an amount that was less than what they were offered through an employer, he said.
The price and security of the ACA coverage, Wills said, helped give him confidence to establish his school, which he aims to open in August. “We want to serve others,’’ he said.
Wills and his family are among the more than 425,000 Georgians currently signed up for coverage in the health insurance exchange in 2015.
That signup number has exceeded expectations for this point in the open enrollment process. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.
Wills joined U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and local officials at an Atlanta news conference Friday discussing enrollment in the health insurance exchange. The event took place at The Family Health Centers of Georgia’s location in the West End of Atlanta.
Burwell indicated that she was pleased with Georgia’s current enrollment number, adding, “We want to keep that number moving.’’ full story