Get the Word Out Week Recap
September 10, 2013
Health centers. Libraries. Job fairs. Farmer’s markets. These are just a few of the places you could find Get Covered America volunteers and staff as part of our Get the Word Out Week of events, which wrapped up on Sunday.
More than 1,000 volunteers joined us to help get the word out to people about the new health insurance options. Many of our volunteers and staff know firsthand the struggles of not having adequate health insurance, as well as the peace of mind that having health insurance brings.
In conversation after conversation, people in communities across the country are eager to check out these options side-by-side through the new Health Insurance Marketplace in each state coming this October.
Karla, a Get Covered America organizer for Essex County, New Jersey, is a Marine veteran with an infant son. She’s had to carefully manage the family’s health situation while living more than an hour away from the nearest VA hospital. Her experiences led her to help Get Covered America’s efforts to increase awareness of the new health care options made possible by the Affordable Care Act.
While going door-to-door on a sunny Saturday in New Jersey, a couple of Get Covered America canvassers were invited by Geraldine, 65, to sit on her porch to talk about the new health insurance options. While Geraldine was already covered under Medicare (and with her cataracts, that was a very good thing), her son, Hassan, 33, did not have coverage.
Hassan wasn’t home, but that didn’t stop his mom: She got out her cell phone, dialed her son, and put him on speakerphone so the canvassers could talk with him right then and there. He was thrilled to hear the information about the upcoming Marketplace opening, and eager to know more.
This is exactly what the Get Covered America campaign is all about: having frank conversations about what’s in store for millions of Americans this fall under the new health care law—one person at a time.
And we’re making progress. When we first started back in November 2012, our research showed that 78% of uninsured Americans didn’t know about the new health insurance exchanges. But the latest August poll found that number dropped to 43%.
We still have a lot of work to do in the next few months, but with stories like these, we are motivated to rock onward!
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