Get Covered America Launches “Countdown to Get Covered” Series to Highlight Creative Outreach and Daily Enrollment Efforts

With Two Weeks Remaining Until the March 31 Deadline, Get Covered America Will Host Enrollment Events Every Day in 27 Metropolitan Areas Across Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 17, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – Today, Get Covered America launched the daily “Countdown to Get Covered Series,” which will feature stories of creative events and consumer outreach from the frontlines of enrollment. With just 14 days left to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Get Covered America will host daily enrollment opportunities in 27 metropolitan areas across the country. The campaign’s hundreds of staff, thousands of partners, and tens of thousands of volunteers are working in communities across the country to connect consumers with the information and resources they need to enroll in health coverage before the March 31 deadline. Each day, the “Countdown to Get Covered” series will highlight an event or outreach tactic from one of our 11 staffed states to show how Get Covered America is engaging those who stand to benefit from the new insurance options and motivating them to action.

Get Covered America Enrollment Event in Florida Blossoms into a Weekly Sunday Series at Community Churches

A consumer learns about her health care options at one of the “5 Sundays in March” events at Open Door Baptist Church in Eatonville, FL

What started out as a single Affordable Care Act enrollment event in an Orlando neighborhood has turned into a month-long outreach effort through the collaborative efforts of a coalition determined to bring quality, affordable healthcare to the uninsured.

Get Covered America, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, SEIU and FOCUS Orlando, collectively known as “The Coalition for a Healthy Central Florida,” are hosting “5 Sundays in March” enrollment events at five area churches.

“We were planning an enrollment event for the month of March, and when we looked at the calendar to schedule a date, we noticed there were five Sundays in March,” Get Covered America Organizer Jeannine Gage said. “We thought with our good relationship with the faith community, we could engage them to maximize those Sundays by helping their congregations get covered.”

And the churches have done just that. Three events have already been held, with several people enrolled and dozens more aided with information and future appointments. The largest event so far was held on March 16 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Eatonville and served dozens of area families.

Organizers and volunteers ensure the residents in the neighborhoods around the churches know about the events by knocking on doors and making phone calls the week before.

“So many people without insurance still don’t know that they may benefit from the Affordable Care Act,” Gage said. “We encourage them to attend our enrollment events and tell them about the financial assistance that’s available. Then they can either enroll themselves on their home computer or with the assistance of an in-person expert.”

The Coalition also holds enrollment events at area community centers and other locations. For more information or to make an appointment with an in-person expert, Central Florida residents should call 877-564-5031.

To learn more about how Get Covered America is reaching out to consumers in Florida, contact press@enrollamerica.org to request an interview with Florida State Director Nick Duran.

Daily Enrollment Events in 27 Metropolitan Areas Across Country

This event is one of thousands of events happening during Get Covered America’s March outreach blitz that will mobilize thousands of partner organizations and tens of thousands of volunteers to reach out to uninsured consumers before the March 31 deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The all-out push will employ grassroots outreach, an aggressive advertising campaign, a multi-state bus tour, and events targeted to youth, women, Latinos, and African-Americans to reach uninsured consumers where they are with the facts they need to get covered. Enroll America staff and volunteers will also host daily enrollment events during the last two weeks of open enrollment in the following communities to make sure consumers have access to in-person enrollment assistance: Phoenix, AZ; Miami, FL; Broward County, FL; Palm Beach County, FL; Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; Jacksonville, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Detroit/Ann Arbor, MI; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Greensboro, NC; Northern NJ; Cleveland, OH; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Memphis, TN; Houston, TX; Austin, TX; San Antonio, TX; McAllen, TX; El Paso, TX; Waco, TX; and Dallas, TX.

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About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

For more information on Enroll America and its efforts, visit EnrollAmerica.org.

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