MLK Weekend – GCA Turns Words into Action Across Pennsylvania

January 28, 2014

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Last weekend, Get Covered America held a Weekend of Action surrounding Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Given Dr. King’s leadership on health care access issues, we felt it was especially important to focus on engaging with the uninsured over this weekend to reach as many of Pittsburgh’s uninsured as possible and ensure they know about their new coverage options.

During the MLK Weekend of Action our teams ran or co-sponsored five events, including three enrollment events, a phone bank to connect with people who told us they needed help enrolling, and a tabling event at a monthly food bank. Consumers really appreciated the work that we were doing in the community, and many asked when we would come back to either educate them further or help enroll their friends and family members. But two experiences really stick out in my mind: First, I met with many mothers who were concerned about their uninsured children and wanted to make sure that they were protected. Secondly, I had multiple conversations with people who suffer from preexisting conditions that wanted to know how the law could help them.

Overall, our Weekend of Action was a huge success! On Sunday, we held an enrollment at the Rodman Street Baptist Church and were able to start 14 applications and get the uninsured/underinsured one step closer to coverage. We were also able to connect with seven successful enrollees this weekend who now have the peace of mind that comes with coverage.

The success of these events really showed me the importance and impact of great community partnerships. For Get Covered America, partnerships are at the heart of our success and great community events like these help us connect with the uninsured, community leaders, and future partners. It was a thrill to see my volunteers find their niche and thrive as we educated the public about the Affordable Care Act and what it means for them. This weekend was about helping those people connect with people and information that could help them get them affordable care, and we were successful.

-Gabriella Jones Casey, Get Covered America Pennsylvania Field Organizer

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