New Interactive Map Helps Uninsured New Jerseyans Find In-Person Assistance
February 18, 2014
Today Enroll America, the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, released detailed maps of 22 major metropolitan areas, including North Jersey, that show where uninsured populations are concentrated, which communities have sufficient in-person enrollment assistance available to meet demand, and where additional resources may be necessary. As the March 31 deadline for enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace approaches, these maps will inform outreach strategies and allow Get Covered America and their partners in New Jersey to identify which communities need more enrollment resources over the final six weeks of open enrollment.
“We are really excited to share these maps with our partners across North Jersey to ensure that residents in-need are able to find in-person help right in their own communities,” said Justine Ceserano, Get Covered America New Jersey State Director. “From our work at a grassroots level here in New Jersey, we know that having access to trained in-person assistance in your neighborhood is critical for so many residents making the decision to enroll in health care. These new maps will go a long way in assisting our organizers, partners, and volunteers help direct New Jerseyans to free in-person help in communities across North Jersey.”
The maps here use Enroll America’s data and modeling to show where uninsured consumers live in 22 metropolitan areas with a high concentration of uninsured. The maps also use information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – verified and expanded by Enroll America staff and volunteers on the ground – to pinpoint the locations where in-person help is available to consumers planning to enroll. Those in-person assisters include Navigators that received grants from HHS, Community Health Centers, Certified Application Counselors, as well as private brokers and agents who are authorized to enroll consumers in plans. All of the assisters plotted on the map also exist within Enroll America’s Local Help Lookup tool.
The new map of North Jersey will allow enrollment organizations in New Jersey to quickly and easily target resources like mobile assisters and enrollment fairs to the places that need them most over the final six weeks of open enrollment. The maps show that different communities face very different challenges in reaching uninsured consumers, and more work remains to be done in some areas.
Enroll America is making the maps available in 22 key cities where the Get Covered America consumer engagement campaign is working on the ground with local partners and thousands of volunteers to connect the uninsured with the information they need to get covered before March 31. The mapped communities include: Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Miami, FL; Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Northern NJ; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburg, PA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; Austin, TX; San Antonio, TX; Houston, TX; and Fort Worth, TX.
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