Get Covered America Prepares to Hit the Streets Across the Country for “Get the Word Out Weekend”

Over 1,000 Volunteers Will Participate in More Than 200 Events Nation-Wide To Have Just-the-Facts Conversations With Consumers about New Health Insurance Options

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
(202) 650-7985 | press@enrollamerica.org

Washington, DC — This weekend, staff and volunteers from the Get Covered America campaign will be fanning out in communities across the country to make sure uninsured Americans know about the new health insurance plans and financial assistance that will be available in just three weeks. As part of the “Get the Word Out Weekend,” over 1,000 volunteers will knock on doors, make phone calls, and take part in more than 200 community events to help spread the word about the new health insurance options coming on October 1.

Since launching in June, Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign has empowered more than 3,000 volunteers to reach people in their communities with information about the comprehensive health plans and financial assistance that will soon be available on each state’s Health Insurance Marketplaces made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the marketplaces set to open on October 1 and coverage starting as early as January 1, 2014, this weekend will mark the biggest outreach effort yet by the grassroots campaign.

“With less than a month before open enrollment begins, our staff and volunteers on the ground will be getting the word out to their neighbors to make sure they know about the new health insurance options coming this fall,” said Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America. “In one weekend, we’ll have thousands of conversations with consumers across the country about what the new health care law means for them and their families, and what they need to know to choose a quality health insurance plan that fits their budget.”

During the “Get the Word Out Weekend,” volunteers will make a coordinated push to raise awareness in the 10 states where Enroll America has more than a hundred staffers on the ground: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Additionally, volunteers with the Get Covered America campaign in five other states will be spreading the word in their communities through conversations on doorsteps, over the phone, and at community centers and events to tell consumers what they need to know to get covered.

Get Covered America partners like MomsRising, Operation HOPE, Planned Parenthood, Doctors for America, Voto Latino and the Hispanic Access Foundation will join the “Get the Word Out Weekend” push by engaging young people, minority communities, and women in spreading the word about the new Health Insurance Marketplaces that will open in each state. On Sunday, September 8, faith groups across the country will hold “Health Care in the Pulpit” events to further engage the faith community in education and outreach efforts around the Affordable Care Act.

Get Covered America is also reaching out to young people to make sure they have the information they need to take advantage of the new, affordable coverage options. On Wednesday, September 4 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Get Covered America (@GetCoveredUS) – along with Enroll America partners Young Invincibles, Our Time, and Generation Progress – will host a tweet chat using the #GetCovered hashtag to answer any questions young people may have about getting covered, and encourage people to join “Get the Word Out Weekend” events.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, the new health insurance exchanges will open on October 1st, allowing the uninsured and underinsured to compare prices and shop for health insurance – by phone, online, or in-person. These private health care plans will cover all the important benefits: doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more. Financial assistance will also be available.

But many Americans who stand to benefit from the new health insurance options aren’t aware of them. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 43% of the uninsured haven’t heard anything at all about the new health insurance marketplaces. That’s why Get Covered America is reaching out to consumers with the important information they’ll need when they’re shopping for insurance – including where they can go to get unbiased, no-nonsense help signing up for coverage and what financial assistance is available to them.

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 options that will be made available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in ten states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, 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 coming in October and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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