Get Covered America’s “Countdown to Get Covered” Series: Get Covered America Teams Up with Community College in Phoenix to Get Latinos Covered Before March 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – With less than a week to go until the March 31 deadline for open enrollment, Get Covered America in Arizona held a very successful enrollment summit at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix to connect consumers with the information and resources they need to enroll. Get Covered America has partnered with over 30 community colleges across the country to reach some of the people who stand to benefit from the new health care options. The daily “Countdown to Get Covered” series features stories of creative events and consumer outreach from the frontlines of enrollment. The previous “Countdown to Get Covered” updates are available here.

The event, geared toward Latinos, assisted dozens of uninsured families in getting health coverage, as approximately 39% of Arizona’s one million uninsured are Latino. Some 74% of those who have purchased health care plans in Arizona through the Health Insurance Marketplace have qualified for some type of financial assistance to pay their monthly premium.

About half of the weekend’s applicants were eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace, while the other half qualified for Medicaid through Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). Also involved in the event were Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers, Cognosante, Empowerment Systems, Greater Phoenix Urban League, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Planned Parenthood, South Mountain Community College and SRA International, Inc. More enrollment opportunities are planned throughout the week leading up to next Monday’s deadline.

Josefina Mendoza, of Peoria, and her family saved $500 a month on a plan that will give them peace of mind and financial security in the event of a health care emergency. With their new plan, the Mendozas will pay $286. “It is better to be insured because you never know what can happen,” Josefina said.

Mary Lou Leon, of Phoenix, knows what it is like to have to cover the full cost of an expensive medical bill on her own. She broke her ankle a year ago and is still paying off those debts. She was anxious to attend the event and review plans as soon as possible, as she works part time and her employer does not offer coverage. She is now confident that she has the information that will enable her to choose from a range of insurance options before the March 31st deadline that will help her avoid such expenses in the future.

As of early March, more than 150,000 Arizonans are now covered, either through the Marketplace or AHCCCS. Indications are that consumers are shopping for health insurance in larger numbers now as the deadline approaches.

To learn more about how Get Covered America is reaching out to consumers in Arizona, contact press@enrollamerica.org to request an interview with Arizona State Director Cheryl O’Donnell.

About the “Countdown to Get Covered” Push

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.

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.

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

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