Archive for August, 2014

Over 1 Million Texans – Listen Up, This is For You!

August 27, 2014

When’s the best time to focus on taking care of your family’s health insurance needs? For roughly 1.3 million Texans, the answer is right now! Here’s how the numbers break down:

  • 52,700
    Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sent notifications to this number of immigrant and new-citizen Texans who were newly insured in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The group was informed of “data matching issues” with their enrollment that needed to be resolved. If you did not receive a notice, you have nothing to worry about. If you did receive one, act quickly by Sept. 5 to correct the data, so there is no interruption in your health coverage.
  • 365,691 
    That’s how many uninsured Texans a new Enroll America report says can sign up for health coverage in the Marketplace right away. These folks qualify for a “special enrollment period” (before the next open enrollment period starts on Nov. 15) because of a life-changing event—such as moving, getting married, giving birth, or gaining citizenship. Learn more about special enrollment here.
  • 874,000
    This is the number of people who are uninsured today but who qualify for low-cost and even free health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP (according to the Kaiser Family Foundation). Because sign-up for Medicaid and CHIP is year-round, these Texans can apply right away.

The bottom line? For about 1 in 4 uninsured Texans who are able to get covered–and about 7 percent of newly insured Texans–now is the time to act. Don’t wait to focus on your family’s health coverage: Take action today!




New Data: 62,464 Uninsured Michiganders Can Get Covered Through a Special Enrollment Period

August 26, 2014

Enroll America Report Assesses the Number of Uninsured in Michigan Who Will Experience a Qualifying Life Event and Be Able to Enroll in Health Insurance Before November 

LANSING, MI – Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace doesn’t start again until November 15, but a new report shows that approximately 62,464 Michiganders may be eligible to sign up before then. Today, Enroll America, the nation’s largest health care enrollment coalition, released a detailed analysis revealing that approximately 62,464 uninsured adults in Michigan are eligible to enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace through a special enrollment period. The report details that those Michiganders will likely experience a qualifying life event—such as moving, getting married, giving birth, or gaining citizenship—that triggers a 60-day special enrollment period, allowing them to get covered before open enrollment begins on November 15, 2014.

“We made great strides in getting Michiganders covered during the first open enrollment period, but there are still many who remain uninsured and unaware of their new options. This includes the estimated 62,000 uninsured Michiganders who could be eligible to get covered even now through a special enrollment period,” said Get Covered America Michigan State Director Erin Knott. “Over the past few months, Get Covered America has been focused on making sure that the uninsured in Michigan know that if they experience a qualifying life event like moving, getting married, or losing their health coverage, they might have the unique opportunity to find quality, affordable health insurance before the next open enrollment period begins. This new analysis will help us to understand just how many folks we’re targeting through our outreach.”

When the historic first open enrollment period ended on March, 31, 2014, over eight million Americans had enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Some of those who missed the deadline and remain uninsured now have the opportunity to get covered through a special enrollment period if they experience a qualifying life event—like moving, getting married, having a child, or gaining citizenship. Insured individuals who lose their coverage—for example, through losing a job or getting a divorce—may also qualify for a special enrollment period.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-2012 American Community Survey and previous studies, Enroll America estimates that, nationally, almost 7 million Americans ages 18-64 are likely to experience a qualifying life event that could make them eligible for a special enrollment period—2.7 million of whom are currently uninsured, and 4 million of whom who have insurance but will lose coverage over the course of the year.

In Michigan, 62,464 uninsured individuals (5.6% of the total uninsured population) will likely experience a qualifying life event between the two open enrollment periods that may make them eligible for a special enrollment period. The data is broken down based on four common life events:

  • Moving to a new county: 42,939
  • Getting married: 11,949
  • Giving birth or adopting a child: 9,645
  • Gaining citizenship: 882

Moving is the most common life event that may qualify an uninsured individual for special enrollment in Michigan—as the uninsured are more likely to move than the general population. The data takes into account that some individuals may experience two events at the same time, making the total number of estimated eligible individuals slightly lower than the total of those four categories. There are also two additional qualifying events that uninsured populations may face: immigrants who gained permanent resident status, and inmates released from prison. While these groups are disproportionately uninsured, these figures are separated from the total estimate because there is no available data to determine their insurance status and marketplace eligibility varies by state and income level.

You can read the full report and methodology HERE.




Get Covered America Kicks off “Week of Action” with Community Outreach Events Across Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO – With less than three months until open enrollment begins on November 15, Get Covered America has launched a statewide Week of Action to reach uninsured Ohioans and educate them about their new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. Staff and volunteers will be tabling, canvassing, and holding community events throughout the state to educate Ohioans about their new health coverage options.

Get Covered America will be participating in over 20 events in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus to let Ohioans know about opportunities to get covered now along with information on the reopening of the Health Insurance Marketplace on November 15.

In Columbus, staff and volunteers will be canvassing in Weinland Park and other targeted neighborhoods across the city. In Cincinnati, staff and volunteers will be going to local churches and food pantries to talk to local residents about their new health care options. And in Cleveland, staff and volunteers will be hosting informational tables at small businesses like Pendleton Barbershop where customers will have the opportunity to give their contact information for organizers to personally follow up with them with enrollment information.

“It’s important that we begin to lay the groundwork for another successful open enrollment period in Ohio,” said Get Covered America Ohio Organizing Director Chris Keck. “That’s why this week we are focusing entirely on reaching uninsured Ohioans any way that we can and letting them know about new ways they can find quality, affordable health coverage. As the next open enrollment period gets closer, our grassroots efforts become increasingly important in helping so many Ohioans protect themselves and their families.”

Since launching in Ohio last June, the Get Covered America campaign has reached out directly to more than 105,000 consumers; engaged more than 2,900 volunteers and more than 220 partner organizations; and held over 2,500 events to reach out to consumers.

The Weekend of Action launches on the heels of last week’s report that showed nearly 66,000 uninsured Ohioans may be eligible to sign up for coverage before November 15 through a “Special Enrollment Period” that allows uninsured people who experience a life-changing event to get coverage early. These events include the birth of a child, a marriage or divorce, or losing your job-based coverage.

For health care questions or to find out more information on enrollment, Ohioans can visit www.GetCoveredAmerica.org or call a Get Covered America Ohio office, Cleveland (216-314-2392), Cincinnati (513-667-2304), and Columbus (614-636-0385).

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About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.




Coverage Options for Immigrant Families

August 22, 2014

Did you move to the U.S. from another country? Welcome! You should know that there are affordable health insurance options for immigrant families through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Here’s what you should know.

I’m a legal immigrant. You could qualify for financial help through the Health Insurance Marketplace if you are a U.S. citizen or are a lawfully present immigrant. Depending on your family size, income, and where you live, you might even qualify for free or low-cost coverage.

My immigration status is changing. If you gain a new immigration status, you may qualify for a special enrollment period. If you do, you have 60 days to sign up and pick a plan.

I’m a member of a mixed status household. Many immigrant families have members with different immigration statuses. Qualifying members of mixed status families can get covered in the Marketplace. They could even get financial help, depending on their income. Members of the family who do not apply for coverage in the Marketplace will not be asked about their immigration status.

I’m concerned about my or my family’s privacy. The Marketplace cannot deny you health insurance based on a family member’s status. Information you and your family provide to the Marketplace cannot be used for immigration enforcement.

If you or a loved one are an immigrant, get the facts and see if you could qualify for a special enrollment period today. Otherwise, mark your calendar for November 15th — that’s when the Marketplace opens for business again for everyone!

See what you might qualify for




New Data: More than 220,000 Uninsured Floridians Can Get Covered Through a Special Enrollment Period

August 19, 2014

Enroll America Report Assesses the Number of Uninsured in Illinois Who Will Experience a Qualifying Life Event and Be Able to Enroll in Health Insurance Before November

MIAMI, FL – Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace doesn’t start again until November 15, but a new report shows that approximately 222,719 Floridians may be eligible to sign up before then. Today, Enroll America, the nation’s largest health care enrollment coalition, released a detailed analysis revealing that approximately 222,719 uninsured adults in Florida are eligible to enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace through a special enrollment period. The report details that those Floridians will likely experience a qualifying life event—such as moving, getting married, giving birth, or gaining citizenship—that triggers a special enrollment period, allowing them to get covered before open enrollment begins on November 15, 2014.

“While we made great strides in getting Floridians covered during the first open enrollment period, there are still many who remain uninsured and unaware of their new options. This includes the 222, 719 uninsured Floridians who could be eligible to get covered even now through a special enrollment period,” said Get Covered America Florida State Director Nicholas Duran. “Over the past few months, Get Covered America has been focused on making sure that the uninsured in Florida know that if they experience a qualifying life event like moving, getting married, or losing their health coverage, they might have the unique opportunity to find quality, affordable health insurance. This new analysis will help us to understand just how many folks we’re targeting through our outreach.”

When the historic first open enrollment period ended on March, 31, 2014, nearly 1 million Floridians enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Some of those who missed the deadline and remain uninsured now have the opportunity to get covered through a special enrollment period if they experience a qualifying life event—like moving, getting married, having a child, or gaining citizenship. Insured individuals who lose their coverage—for example, through losing a job or getting a divorce—may also qualify for a special enrollment period.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-2012 American Community Survey and previous studies, Enroll America estimates that, nationally, almost 7 million Americans ages 18-64 are likely to experience a qualifying life event that could make them eligible for a special enrollment period—2.7 million of whom are currently uninsured, and 4 million of whom who have insurance but will lose coverage over the course of the year.

In Florida, 222,719 uninsured individuals (6.4% of the total uninsured population) will likely experience a qualifying life event between the two open enrollment periods that may make them eligible for a special enrollment period. The data is broken down based on four common life events:

  • Moving to a new county: 4.2%
  • Getting married: 1.2%
  • Giving birth or adopting a child: 1%
  • Gaining citizenship: 0.3%

Throughout the Special Enrollment Period, the Get Covered America campaign has focused much of their outreach and educational efforts on informing consumers about qualifying life changes. Organizers and volunteers have been reaching out to Floridians at courthouses, emergency rooms and urgent care centers to inform the uninsured across the state that qualifying life changes may allow them to enroll in the Marketplace outside of the normal open enrollment period.

Moving is the most common life event that may qualify an uninsured individual for special enrollment in Florida—as the uninsured are more likely to move than the general population. The data takes into account that some individuals may experience two events at the same time, making the total number of estimated eligible individuals slightly lower than the total of those four categories. There are also two additional qualifying events that uninsured populations may face: immigrants who gained permanent resident status, and inmates released from prison. While these groups are disproportionately uninsured, these figures are separated from the total estimate because there is no available data to determine their insurance status and marketplace eligibility varies by state and income level.

You can read the full report and methodology HERE.

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New Data: 65,955 Uninsured Ohioans Can Get Covered Through a Special Enrollment Period

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace doesn’t start again until November 15, but a new report shows that approximately 65,955 Ohioans may be eligible to sign up before then. Today, Enroll America, the nation’s largest health care enrollment coalition, released a detailed analysis revealing that approximately 65,955 uninsured adults in Ohio are eligible to enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace through a special enrollment period. The report details that those Ohioans will likely experience a qualifying life event—such as moving, getting married, giving birth, or gaining citizenship—that triggers a special enrollment period, allowing them to get covered before open enrollment begins on November 15, 2014.

“While we made great strides in getting Ohioans covered during the first open enrollment period, there are still many who remain uninsured and unaware of their new options – including the 65,955 uninsured Ohioans who could be eligible to get covered now through a special enrollment period,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “Over the past few months, Get Covered America has been focused on making sure that the uninsured in Ohio know that if they experience a qualifying life event like moving, getting married, or losing their health coverage, they might have the unique opportunity to find quality, affordable health insurance. This new analysis will help us to understand just how many folks we’re targeting through our outreach.”

When the historic first open enrollment period ended on March, 31, 2014, over eight million Americans had enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, including more than 154,000 Ohioans. Some of those who missed the deadline and remain uninsured now have the opportunity to get covered through a special enrollment period if they experience a qualifying life event—like moving, getting married, having a child, or gaining citizenship. Insured individuals who lose their coverage—for example, through losing a job or getting a divorce—may also qualify for a special enrollment period.

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010-2012 American Community Survey and previous studies, Enroll America estimates that, nationally, almost 7 million Americans ages 18-64 are likely to experience a qualifying life event that could make them eligible for a special enrollment period—2.7 million of whom are currently uninsured, and 4 million of whom who have insurance but will lose coverage over the course of the year.

In Ohio, 65,955 uninsured individuals (5.3% of the total uninsured population) will likely experience a qualifying life event between the two open enrollment periods that may make them eligible for a special enrollment period. The data is broken down based on four common life events:

  • Moving to a new county: 45,605
  • Getting married: 12,830
  • Giving birth or adopting a child: 9,631
  • Gaining citizenship: 731
Moving is the most common life event that may qualify an uninsured individual for special enrollment in Ohio—as the uninsured are more likely to move than the general population. The data takes into account that some individuals may experience two events at the same time, making the total number of estimated eligible individuals slightly lower than the total of those four categories. There are also two additional qualifying events that uninsured populations may face: immigrants who gained permanent resident status, and inmates released from prison. While these groups are disproportionately uninsured, these figures are separated from the total estimate because there is no available data to determine their insurance status and marketplace eligibility varies by state and income level.

You can read the full report and methodology HERE.

For health care questions or to find out more information on special enrollment periods, Ohioans can visit www.GetCoveredAmerica.org or call a Get Covered America Ohio office, Cleveland (216-314-2392), Cincinnati (513-667-2304), and Columbus (614-636-0385).

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About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information on Enroll America and its efforts, visit EnrollAmerica.org.

Go to www.GetCoveredAmerica.org to understand how the new health care law will affect you and your family.

 




Important Deadline for Immigrants Who Got Covered: September 5th

August 15, 2014

Some people who signed up for health insurance have received notices from HealthCare.gov asking for documents to verify their citizenship or immigration status.

If you got an email, phone call, or letter asking for this information, you have until September 5th to submit your documents or you could lose your coverage at the end of September.

You can submit your documents in two ways:

  1. You can log into your Marketplace account and upload the needed documents.
  2. You can submit them by mail.

Click here to read more. If you have questions, you can call the Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 or you can find local help.

Remember: this notice doesn’t mean that you no longer qualify for coverage, and it doesn’t mean that your health coverage ended. It does mean that you need to take action now so you don’t lose coverage at the end of September.

If you haven’t received a notice asking for documents, you don’t need to do anything.




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Update Important Documentation

August 14, 2014

ICYMI yesterday, Get Covered America sent the press releases below to inform Arizonans about forthcoming notices they may receive regarding data matching discrepancies. A citizenship or immigration data matching issue can happen when the information reported in a consumer’s application, such as a Social Security or Permanent Resident Card number, is incomplete or different than the information the government has on file.  A data inconsistency does not necessarily mean there is a problem with an individual’s eligibility for enrollment; it means that additional information is needed to verify the information provided in an application. However, if these supporting documents are not received, health insurance plans will be terminated in order to ensure program integrity and protect taxpayer dollars.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 14 2014

Contact: Pati Urias

480.322.2270 | Press@EnrollAmerica.org

 

Feds Remind Some Arizonans to Update Important Documentation on Health Coverage Applications

Critical notice affects more than 300,000 Health Insurance Marketplace Consumers Nationally

 

Phoenix, AZ – More than 6,000 Arizonans who purchased plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace need to provide updated information about their citizenship or immigration status to keep their coverage in effect.

This week, The U. S. Department of Health and Human send some 310,000 notifications to individuals nationwide regarding discrepancies in citizenship or immigration data, 6,600 of those here in Arizona. These discrepancies include “data matching issues” reported on consumers’ applications, such as a missing or incorrect digit in a social security or permanent resident card number. The deadline to submit correct information is fast approaching, as consumers have only until September 5 to do so or risk losing their coverage by September 30.

Consumers have been sent reminders through email, postal mail service or by phone.

“It is absolutely critical that consumers who purchased a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace, especially those who provided immigration documentation during the application process, check their mailboxes, phone messages and email in the coming days for this important notice,” said Cheryl O’Donnell, Arizona state director for Get Covered America. “If you receive one, act quickly to correct the data so there is no interruption in your health coverage.”

The discrepancies affect about 5% of the 120,000 Arizonans who purchased coverage through the Marketplace during the six month open enrollment period ending March 31 of this year.

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About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in eleven states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

 

PARA DISEMINACIÓN INMEDIATA
Miércoles, 13 de agosto del 2014

Contacto: Pati Urias
480.322.2270 | Press@EnrollAmerica.org

 

 

Gobierno federal les recuerda a algunos residentes de Arizona que deben actualizar documentación importante de su solicitud de cobertura de salud

La notificación crítica afecta a más de 300,000 consumidores
del Mercado de Seguros Médicos a nivel nacional


PHOENIX, ARIZONA – Más de 6,000 residentes de Arizona que compraron planes a través del Mercado de Seguros Médicos necesitan actualizar su información de estatus migratorio o ciudadanía para seguir cubiertos.

Esta semana, el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Estados Unidos envío cerca de 310,000 notificaciones a personas de todo el país por estas tener discrepancias en su información de inmigración o ciudadanía; 6,600 de las notificaciones fueron enviadas aquí, a Arizona. Entre las discrepancias se incluyen “problemas de datos que no corresponden”, como números de seguro social o de residente permanente con dígitos incompletos o incorrectos, reportados en las solicitudes de los consumidores. La fecha límite para enviar la información correcta está a la vuelta de la esquina, ya que los consumidores solo tienen hasta el 5 de septiembre para enviar la información y se arriesgan a perder su cobertura para el 30 de septiembre si no lo hacen.

A los consumidores se les han enviado recordatorios por correo electrónico, por correo postal y/o por teléfono. “Es absolutamente crítico que los consumidores que compraron un plan a través del Mercado de Seguros Médicos, especialmente aquellos que proporcionaron documentación de inmigración durante el proceso de solicitud, revisen sus buzones de correo, sus mensajes telefónicos y sus mensajes electrónicos en estos días por si les llega este importante aviso”, dijo Cheryl O’Donnell, directora de Get Covered America en el estado de Arizona. “Si recibe el aviso, actúe rápidamente para corregir la información y así evitar que se interrumpa su cobertura de salud”.

Las discrepancias afectan a aproximadamente 5% de los 120,000 residentes de Arizona que compraron cobertura de salud en el mercado durante el periodo de inscripción abierta de seis meses concluido el 31 de marzo de este año.

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Acerca de Get Covered America y Enroll America
Get Covered America es una campaña nacional de Enroll America enfocada en informarles a los consumidores los beneficios de cobertura de salud y los nuevos seguros de salud disponibles bajo la Ley del Cuidado de Salud. Con operaciones en once estados (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN and TX), nuestro equipo de base está compuesto por dedicados empleados y voluntarios unidos por una inspiradora meta: brindarles a los estadounidenses la información que necesitan para escoger un plan médico al alcance de su bolsillo que cumpla con sus necesidades y las necesidades de su familia.

Enroll America es la principal coalición para inscripción en cuidado de la salud del país, y reúne a organizaciones de la comunidad y de salud, empresas y otros grupos que trabajan unidos para darles a conocer a los consumidores las nuevas opciones de cobertura médica y cómo inscribirse en ellas. Es una organización sin fines de lucro 501c(3), independiente y no partidista.

 

 




The Healthy Kids-Happy Families Insurance Campaign: Garden City, Michigan

By: Megan Sheeran

Our nation thrives when the health of its smaller communities is good. Access to health insurance for vulnerable populations, importantly children and families, is crucial in securing a better future for us all. The city of Garden City is well aware of what makes a great community and has committed to strengthening its resident’s awareness and enrollment in Michigan’s low cost or no cost insurance programs.

Garden City, MI: In a Nutshell

Garden City is a small city with a lot of heart located in southeast Michigan, just a 30 minute drive from downtown Detroit. Its residents are hard working and service-oriented people. The city’s community leaders are always working hard to meet the needs of those people living within the city limits and beyond. As the city’s motto states, it’s “A Great Place To Call Home”.

Getting a Plan into Motion

Garden City is one of the eight cities awarded the National League of Cities grant and technical assistance to support the city leader’s efforts to educate and enroll those residents that are eligible for low cost or no cost health insurance.

A Task Force, made up of community leaders, was organized to carry out the planning phase of the healthcare initiative- named the Healthy Kids-Happy Families Project. Numerous community leaders signed on to be involved with the project including representatives from the school district, the local hospital, and the city government. The Task Force is a shining example of the commitment and passion this community’s leaders have for the well-being of those residing in their city.

The goal of the Healthy Kids-Happy Families Project is to enroll 100% of Garden City children and adults who are eligible for the Healthy Michigan insurance program but are not currently insured. During the preliminary stage of program development, it was found that 10% of children in the city were uninsured and eligible for Healthy Michigan (roughly 633 children!). Clearly, this number doesn’t include the many parents and family members that are also uninsured but are eligible for a Healthy Michigan plan. It has been estimated that a large percentage of the city’s population will be positively influenced by this project.

Meeting the Significant Healthcare Need in the City: A Two-Pronged Approach

Prong One

Healthy Kids-Happy Families Project is to increase awareness and knowledge of the Healthy Michigan, the state’s low cost or no cost insurance program. Majority of residents surveyed during the planning

process reported the reason they were not signed up for Healthy Michigan was due to the complicated and time-consuming process of enrolling. It was important for the initiative to incorporate an educational dimension; therefore the residents of Garden City would be informed about their potential eligibility for Healthy Michigan, the potential benefits this would offer to their individual families and how simple it can be to enroll.

Prong Two

The Project will offer enrollment assistance to those residents who qualify for the Healthy Michigan insurance program. The key to this enrollment assistance is that it be offered by trusted community members in trusted community locations such as in schools, the community center, and at the local hospital. A new city department, the Community Resource Department (CRD), will carry out the day-to-day workings of the project. City staff and volunteer community members will be the “boots on the ground”, going out into the community and offering one-on-one personal assistance to adults and parents during the application process.

The Project will be in operation year round, apart from the initial campaign, to offer those individuals who have enrolled continuous form assistance and help with choosing a healthcare plan, select a local primary care physician and schedule their first well visit appointment. It is crucial that these families and individuals do not fall through the cracks once they are found to be eligible for Healthy Michigan.

Increasing Health Insurance Coverage in Garden City: The Benefits

According to the National Center of Children in Poverty, children have higher health-related school absentee rates, affecting educational attainment and future employability (Present, Engage, and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, 2008). Parents of these children experience the challenges of coping with an ill child; employee absenteeism to be home with a sick child that causes lost wages and negatively impacts a parent’s ability to maintain consistent employment (C. Teng, Citispeak.org, 2013). The Health Kids-Happy Families project will reduce the number of uninsured children in the city, thereby improving school attendance and educational attainment; preventing their parents’ from the threat of falling into a debilitating financial crisis.

In addition, the local hospital is currently challenged with a high rate of Emergency Room visits by uninsured families for non-emergency issues; majority of these visits go unpaid, causing tremendous financial burden on the hospital. Also, when the Emergency Room is busy with non-emergency issues, true emergency treatment is often delayed. Reducing non-emergency use of the Emergency Room will benefit the community greatly, financially and otherwise.

Garden City: Setting a Course to Thrive!

The City of Garden City’s Healthy Kids-Happy Families project is going to enrich its community immensely. Being an example to other communities of what can happen when city leaders come together for the sole purpose of cultivating healthier outcomes for families and individuals and in doing so enriching the nation as a whole.

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     Personal on-line application assistance at                                        City Manager Robert Muery and Community 
            the Maplewood Community Center                                             Health Center Manager Catherine Chamberlain
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About the Author

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Megan Sheeran is a limited licensed Master of Social Work and is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. She recently returned to the City of Garden City as the Community Resource Coordinator and will be organizing the day-to-day tasks for the Healthy Kids-Happy Families Project as well as coordinating many other community support program. She has a passion for empowering vulnerable populations and being of service to the communities she is a member of. Previously, Megan worked with the Garden City Family Resource Center in the teen substance abuse education and treatment division and has an extensive background working with children and families in the areas of substance abuse and delinquency prevention. Megan is excited to be a part of this nationwide health access initiative and is eager to get the ball rolling in Garden City.




Get Covered America Statement on Ohio Uninsured Rate Dropping to Historic Low

August 13, 2014

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly released the following statement in response to the new Ohio Health Issues Poll showing the uninsured rate dropped to 11% in Ohio – the lowest rate since this poll started.

“The results of this poll show what we’ve known all along – Ohioans are finding quality, affordable health coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In our conversations with uninsured Ohioans statewide, we’ve seen that people are excited to learn about their new health care options. This is proof that Ohioans are taking advantage of their opportunity to get covered and have the peace of mind that comes with having insurance.

It’s great news that the uninsured rate has dropped to a historic low, but we know there is still a lot of work to do in Ohio. That’s why we aren’t slowing down our efforts to reach the uninsured and educate them on their new health care options. We want to make sure the next open enrollment period is just as successful as the first and the uninsured rate continues to drop across the Buckeye State.”

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About Get Covered America and Enroll AmericaGet Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in eleven states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.




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