Get Covered During Black History Month

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Enroll America plans to make each day of Black History Month count as we expand our outreach within the African American community. This month of celebration and action is perfectly timed this year to let consumers know about their new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act. With less than two months until the end of open enrollment, there’s not a moment to lose. Help keep up the momentum.

Take action during Black History Month by doing the following:

Host an Event

Sign up to host an event in your community
Use our website to set up an outreach event in your area. You can use your event page to collect RSVPs and publicize your get-together. Click here to get started.

Attend an Event

Sign up to join an event in your community
Use our website to sign up for an event near you. Click here to find an event in your area.

Write a Letter to the Editor

Sample letter from a Get Covered America volunteer
In honor of Black History Month, serve friends and neighbors in [x city] by letting them know about the new health insurance options available to them thanks to the Affordable Care Act.

[Insert personal story]

The challenges in our health care system were decades in the making, and they won’t be solved overnight, but every day more [x] residents are signing up for insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace where plans and benefits are explained in easy-to-understand language. What’s more, every plan in the Marketplace must cover the basics — prescription drugs, emergency room visits, preventative care, and more. No one can be denied for a preexisting condition like asthma or cancer, and financial assistance is available to those who qualify.

As a volunteer for the Get Covered America campaign right here in [x city], I’ve seen firsthand friends and neighbors obtaining health care coverage for the first time. They’re not alone. Since October 1, more than 6 million people have enrolled in either private insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace or for coverage through Medicaid. These include my friends, family, and neighbors who no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off after they reach an annual dollar limit on benefits.

Affordable coverage is now available to so many. For more information, visit GetCoveredAmerica.org. With less than two months to go while these options are still available, please take the time to let your neighbors know how they can enroll.

Sample letter from a community leader
Martin Luther King once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” It is in this spirit that I plan to serve my community during Black History Month by getting the word out about the new health insurance options now available under the Affordable Car Act.

Over 7.8 million African Americans are uninsured, equivalent to 20 percent of the population. They have more, and often larger, disparities in health risks in comparison to other minority groups. In the past, uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions were often denied health coverage benefits, especially when diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Under the new health care law, no one can be denied coverage because they are sick or have a pre-existing condition like asthma, diabetes or even cancer.

Since October 1, more than 6 million people have enrolled in either private insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace or for coverage through Medicaid. Still, there is much work to be done. For more information, visit GetCoveredAmerica.org. Please join me and the Get Covered America campaign in [x city] letting our friends and neighbors know about their new health insurance options.

Incorporate Digital Tools on your Website

Get Covered Calculator
Use our code to embed our Get Covered Calculator on your site for free. The calculator allows consumers to estimate their monthly health insurance cost and see what they might qualify for — one of the best ways to encourage enrollment in a new plan. Click here to embed the Get Covered Calculator.
Assistance Locator
Our Get Covered Locator lets consumers look up where they can make an appointment for free enrollment application help in their area, and get the results sent to them over email or text message. Click here embed a free version of the Locator on your website.

Post on Social Media

#GetCovered and #OurSalud Social Media Profile Pictures
Avatar_Blue2_lgWe’ve created a special #GetCovered icon for Facebook and Twitter. Choose your favorite color and use this image as your Facebook profile picture and Twitter avatar to get the word out about the new health insurance options. These images are also available with the hashtag #OurSalud.
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