Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend of Service

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Enroll America is preparing to engage thousands of volunteers in a nationwide weekend of service to coincide with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our volunteers and partners will work to connect tens of thousands of uninsured consumers with information about their affordable health insurance options and build momentum for the last three months of open enrollment. We need your help to continue to build this effort.

Take action in our MLK Weekend of Service by doing the following:

Host an Event

Sign up to host an event in your community
Use our website to set up a MLK Weekend of Service 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 a MLK Weekend of Service event in your area. Click here to find an event near you.

Write a Letter to the Editor

Sample letter from a Get Covered America volunteer
In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service this Monday, 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 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, over 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. On this National Day of Service, 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 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service 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, over 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. This National Day of Service, please join me and the Get Covered America campaign in [x city] letting our friends and neighbors know about their new health insurance options.

Sample letter from a local elected official
This Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, join me and the Get Covered America campaign in spreading the word in [x city] on the new health care options now available under the Affordable Care Act.

Starting January 1, millions of Americans, including those in our community, finally have the security that comes from quality, affordable health coverage. And those who already have health insurance will have better, more reliable coverage than ever before. From now on, insured Americans won’t be forced to put off a check-up or worry about going broke if they get sick.

While there is much more work to be done, beginning today, no family will be denied coverage because a pre-existing condition like high blood pressure or asthma. No resident of [x city] will have to worry that losing a job means you can’t get health coverage. And small businesses may be able to get financial help to pay for new affordable coverage options for their employees.

As we look to the future, we must remember the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and remain committed to helping those in need. For more information, visit GetCoveredAmerica.org. This Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service, join me in educating our community out their new health care options so we can secure the safety and dignity of every resident in [x city].

Engage Your Organization

Sample email or newsletter text for your organization

Dear [Name],

This month, people across the country will be joining their neighbors and friends to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by serving their community. Haven’t had a chance to sign up for an event yet? Join us in honoring Dr. King as we prepare to serve in a nationwide weekend of service.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” It is in this spirit that we hope to serve our communities during Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service by getting the word out about the new health insurance options now available under the Affordable Care Act.

We will be partnering with Enroll America, who is preparing to engage thousands of volunteers and partners in a nationwide weekend of service to coincide with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. If you would like to attend or host an event for this National Day of Service, please join me and the Get Covered America campaign in [x city] by letting your friends and neighbors know about their new health insurance options.

For more information, visit www.getcoveredamerica.org/mlk-weekend-of-service/ to get involved.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Incorporate Digital Tools on your Website

Get Covered Calculator
Use our embed code to embed our Get Covered Calculator on your site to allow consumers to estimate their monthly health insurance cost and see what they might qualify for. Click here to embed the Get Covered Calculator.
Assistance Locator
Our Locator tool 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 for to view the Locator tool.

Post on Social Media

#GetCovered and #OurSalud Social Media Profile Pictures
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