Get Covered America’s #GotCovered Series: Who Are the 7.1 Million?

Millions More Stand to Benefit as Word-of-Mouth about the Health Insurance Marketplace Continues Beyond the First Open Enrollment Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 4, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – Since the opening of the Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1, our weekly #GotCovered series has helped highlight stories of Americans benefiting from their new coverage. To mark the end of the first open enrollment earlier this week, we’re looking back to celebrate just a few of the millions that came forward to tell others about their stories and the importance of securing health insurance. Get Covered America is only just beginning the conversation about what this means for those who got covered this year and the opportunity it will provide for future enrollees – so stay tuned!

Arizona: Marketplace coverage means Sue’s pre-existing condition will no longer keep her from career opportunities she deserves.
Phoenix Business Journal, One Arizona woman’s success story with the Affordable Care Act.

Florida: 28 year old Josh and his family are saving over $400 a month on better coverage after enrolling.
Miami Herald, Seven Broward groups receive funding for healthcare enrollment outreach.

Georgia: Julie is “just over the moon” with her new coverage. She says, “I feel like we won the lottery.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Some Georgians could get care they need for first time in a long time.

Illinois: Carol was finally able to enroll with in-person assistance at a Get Covered America event. She said, “I thought I was going to start crying in there. It was just unbelievable relief.”
WAND 17 News, Dozens Get Help Signing Up for Health Insurance.

Michigan: With her new policy, Diane no longer fears going without coverage – an experience that cost her over $100,000 in medical bills in the past.
Associated Press, Some uninsured get coverage on Wednesday, but Obamacare’s effect still unclear.

North Carolina: Tracy knows the importance of coverage after a life-changing health care experience.
WSOC9 TV, Affordable Care Act takes full effect.

New Jersey: Jean could not wait for the start of her new coverage. She said, “I have been waiting for January 1 like the due date of my baby. It’s such a weight off my mind.”
The Star-Ledger, Pro-Obamacare group releases poll, promises to expand education efforts on the law.

Ohio: On getting covered with her husband for the first time in years, Rita says, “I feel like I died and went to insurance heaven.”
LA Times, Where are the Positive Stories about Obamacare?

Pennsylvania: At 29 years old, Sam will pay just $20 a month for coverage after going uninsured for over 5 years.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Cost crucial for uninsured sign-ups looking for health coverage.

Texas: Thanks to the Marketplace, Bel secured health coverage that allows her to remain an entrepreneur active in helping her community.
KENS5 TV, S.A. entrepreneur signs up for health care on marketplace exchange.

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 eleven 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 501c(3) organization.

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