Press Releases

Enroll America Statement on the Resignation of Secretary Sebelius

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 11, 2014
Contact: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

WASHINGTON, DCToday, Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, issued the following statement regarding the resignation of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:

“As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius presided over one of the largest expansions of health insurance coverage in our nation’s history. Under her leadership, millions of Americans found the peace of mind that comes with affordable, quality health insurance coverage – through Medicaid, through CHIP, and through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Millions more now benefit from the knowledge that they cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and that their insurance cannot be cancelled just when they need it most. Every day, our hundreds of staffers and tens of thousands of volunteers hear moving stories from Americans across the country who are finally able to access the medical care they and their families need, many for the first time ever. Those families – and the millions of families who will benefit in the years to come – represent Secretary Sebelius’s true and lasting legacy.”

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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 options 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 new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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“What We Learned”: Preliminary Observations from Enroll America’s Extensive Data on Affordable Care Act Enrollment Efforts

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

It is now clear that the first Affordable Care Act open enrollment period was a success; despite early problems with the website, more than 7 million Americans were able to find coverage through the Marketplace, in addition to millions more who were covered under Medicaid. Enroll America’s vast grassroots, digital, and partnership outreach campaign gives us an unprecedented data set to analyze to learn more about the enrollment process:

  • Over 5 million consumers engagements – including one-on-one conversations with our volunteers, unique visitors to our website, and consumers reached through partners like churches and community colleges,
  • More than 22,000 events over the open enrollment period,
  • More than 635,000 one-on-one conversations with consumers.

Analyzing all of that data in order to learn what worked and replicate those best practices in the future will take time, and we will be releasing detailed analyses in the coming weeks and months. But throughout this first enrollment period, there were four initial lessons that proved core to our outreach and strategy over the course of the last six months.

1. Uninsured consumers – especially young, African-American, and Latino consumers – often need multiple touches to move them to action, but repeated engagement can significantly reduce the enrollment gap for young people and communities of color.

With each contact from an Enroll America volunteer or staffer, consumers became more likely to successfully enroll. This effect was particularly strong among difficult-to-reach populations: African-American and Latino consumers were about twice as likely to enroll after the third follow-up, and young people were more than twice as likely to enroll after the third follow-up.

In fact, even though young, African-American, and Latino consumers started out as significantly less likely to enroll than average, by the time they had been contacted four times, that gap significantly shrinks and they were nearly as likely to enroll as other consumers.

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Source: Enroll America Field Program, October 2013-March 2014

2. Informing consumers about the availability of financial assistance was the single most important way to motivate uninsured consumers to enroll.

The survey by Perry/Undem that we released in January told us perceptions of unaffordability was the single greatest barrier to enrollment. So we stepped up efforts to educate the uninsured about the availability of financial help, through our outreach messaging, earned media efforts, and advertising. That shift in focus had an immediate impact:

  • Click-through rates on our digital advertisements jumped 16% as soon as we shifted to a financial help message, and continued to out-perform all other messages.
  • Emails to our list of one million consumers showed a 150% higher click-through rate when featuring an affordability message and access to consumer personalization tools, as compared to stories of consumers who had successfully enrolled.
  • A shift in homepage message from stories to consumer tools, including the Get Covered Calculator, resulted in a more than a ten-fold increase in clicks.
  • In fact, with more than 500,000 unique page views, the Get Covered Calculator was the single most popular tool on our site, the most popular tool used by our partners, and the page that connected the most consumers directly to their marketplace to enroll in coverage.

3. In-person help is essential, especially for hard-to-reach communities.

Consumers who received help from a navigator, certified application counselor, or other in-person assister were about twice as likely to successfully enroll as compared to consumers who attempted to enroll online without help. In-person assistance is particularly important in communities of color, where we saw African-Americans and Latinos to be 43% more likely to seek in-person help than their White counterparts.

For that reason, over the course of open enrollment the Enroll America field program placed more emphasis on large-scale enrollment events like the National Latino Enrollment Summits to make sure consumers had opportunities to enroll with in-person assistance. This tactic proved especially important during the final weekend of open enrollment, when long lines and high attendance at enrollment events across the country played a critical role in serving last-minute enrollees.

The digital program also emphasized connecting consumers with in-person assistance. The Get Covered Locator was developed to help connect consumers with in-person help. This tool was built upon internally audited data made publicly available by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, coupled with assister data curated by partner organizations and our field program. Featuring the Locator in our emails generated click rates roughly two times greater than those of stories of consumers who had successfully enrolled. The Locator has been used roughly 175,000 times to help consumers connect with local, in-person assistance.

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Source: Enroll America Follow-Up Program, November 2013-February 2014

4. The deadline was highly motivating for consumers, and Enroll America and our partners were well positioned to manage the surge of interest ahead of March 31.

Based on past enrollment efforts, we always assumed that there would be a huge spike in interest as the enrollment deadline approached, which is why we focused on building the staff, volunteer, partner and digital capacity to handle that surge when it arrived. By the final month of open enrollment, we had engaged more than 27,000 volunteers and more than 2,300 partner organizations in our effort, and built a robust digital presence – including a Calculator, Locator, and Plan Picker – to help consumers quickly find information and connect to their enrollment options. That work paid off over the month of March, when we saw rapidly growing interest both online and in the field.

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Source: Enroll America Digital Program, October 2013-March 2014

The above chart shows the cumulative growth in consumers connected to their state or federal marketplace or a local assistor from GetCoveredAmerica.org.

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Source: Enroll America Field Program, June 2013-March 2014

The above chart shows the cumulative growth in both our events and in the event attendance.

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Source: Enroll America Field Program, August 2013-March 2014

The above chart shows our cumulative growth of consumers we spoke with over time with a ramp in activity in the last month.

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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 options 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 new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

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INFOGRAPHIC: What Enroll America Accomplished

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Enroll America reached more than 5 million consumers to help them enroll in affordable health insurance.

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To download the full-size infographic, click HERE.

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 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 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 www.EnrollAmerica.org.

Go to www.GetCoveredAmerica.org to understand how the new health care law will affect you and your family.

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Get Covered America’s “Countdown to Get Covered” Series: Week-long Enroll-a-Thon gives North Carolinians Last Minute Chance to Enroll in Health Coverage before Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – During the last two weeks of open enrollment, Get Covered America has been hosting daily enrollment events in key communities in all of its 11 staffed states to make sure consumers have access to in-person assistance. In the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina, Get Covered America has teamed up with local organizations to host the Get Covered Wake Enroll-a-Thon, featuring daily events across the county, to give uninsured Wake County residents the opportunity to enroll in affordable health insurance before the March 31 deadline. 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.

To kick off the week of enrollment events, Get Covered America, Legal Aid of North Carolina, Capital Care Collaborative, Wake Health Services, Inc., Urban Ministries of Wake County, MDC Inc., Alliance Medical Ministry, Disability Rights NC, St. Augustine’s University, White Oak Baptist Church and Zebulon United Methodist Church hosted a press conference Monday at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh, featuring consumers who have successfully enrolled in the new Health Insurance Marketplace and are enjoying the benefits of their new affordable coverage.

Dr. Pamela Roshell, Regional Director of Region IV of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which covers ten states, touted North Carolina’s efforts to educate residents about the Marketplace. U.S. Representative David Price and N.C. State Representative Rosa Gill called on the uninsured to check out their options before the deadline.

Among the consumers who shared their stories was 26-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran, Jeremy Reynolds, who had to go without insurance for two years after leaving the uniformed forces because the jobs he could find did not offer insurance – he couldn’t afford insurance on the individual market.

“It was tough to go for a long time without insurance,” Reynolds said. “There is a history of high blood pressure in my family and I really needed to visit doctors for checkups. For the years that I didn’t have insurance, I didn’t have peace of mind.”

Reynolds and his wife enrolled for health coverage in January and are paying a monthly premium of less than $30. They now have quality health insurance that covers what they need.

Uninsured North Carolinians can get free, in-person help from trained experts who can guide them through the application process and provide unbiased, honest information to help them choose plans that are right for them and their families at the daily enrollment events this week. Many took advantage of the opportunity to get the help Tuesday at an enrollment event at White Oak Baptist Church, Apex where in-person assistors saw more walk-in consumers than at previous events at the location. People can schedule appointments by calling 1-855-733-3711.

Get Covered Wake Enroll-a-Thon Events

Wednesday, March 26, Zebulon United Methodist Church
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
121 W Gannon Ave, Zebulon, NC 27597

Thursday, March 27, Alliance Medical Ministry
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
101 Donald Ross Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610

Friday, March 28, Urban Ministries of Wake County
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1390 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603

Saturday, March 29, St. Augustine’s University
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
1315 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27610

Sunday, March 30, Rock Quarry Rd Family Medicine
12-4 p.m.
1001 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610

To learn more about how Get Covered America is reaching out to consumers in North Carolina, contact press@enrollamerica.org to request an interview with North Carolina State Director Sorien Schmidt.

About the “Countdown to Get Covered” Push

These events are examples of the 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.

Go to www.GetCoveredAmerica.org to understand how the new health care law will affect you and your family.

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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.

Go to www.GetCoveredAmerica.org to understand how the new health care law will affect you and your family.

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Get Covered America’s “Countdown to Get Covered” Series: Statewide Bus Tour Covers Miles and Miles of Texas to Reach Consumers Before March 31 Deadline

From the Bayou City to the Alamo City, the Valley to the Heart of Texas, community leaders and Get Covered America toured over 1,000 miles of the state in a 30-passenger bus to give Texans the information and resources they need to get covered in time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 24, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – Making stops in six Texas cities and traveling over 1,000 miles, the “Countdown to Get Covered” bus tour drew unprecedented attention for the March 31 deadline for enrolling in health insurance. The colorfully wrapped 30-passenger bus displayed the number of days remaining to enroll as it traveled the Lone Star State over four days from the Gulf Coast to the Rio Grande Valley to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. 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.

On March 11, the “Countdown to Get Covered” tour kicked off in Houston at Sanchez Charter School, where an event focused on the local Latino population went on to enroll dozens of families. State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, Houston Health Department Director Stephen Williams, and Enroll America president Anne Filipic were among those urging Houstonians to explore their options in the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

From there, the bus traveled to McAllen, Texas, for an enrollment event at a local library. The stop sparked an overwhelming response, and in the days that followed Valley residents flooded into enrollment sites. March 12 brought the first of two stops in San Antonio. At a local phone bank, volunteers made calls to uninsured residents to urge them to enroll, and at an Enroll SA Coalition conference center event, community groups worked toward a goal of getting 20,000 uninsured San Antonioans covered by March 31. Next came the “Rock Enroll” stop at Austin’s SXSW Festival to focus on why young people should get themselves insured.

Before traveling to Ohio, the bus made two final stops in Texas on March 14. At Waco’s Hillcrest Hospital, bus tour participants delivered the message that financial help is available for millions of Texans, and getting covered avoids the high cost of medical debt from a trip to the emergency room. And in Dallas, ten faith leaders helped showcase efforts to minister to the uninsured in the Metroplex through local initiatives to get people covered through churches.

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

About the “Countdown to Get Covered” Push

These events are an example of the 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.

Go to www.GetCoveredAmerica.org to understand how the new health care law will affect you and your family.

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Get Covered America’s #GotCovered Series: Americans Are Finding Health Care Coverage Just In Time

Enrollees Who Did Not Wait Until the March 31 Deadline to Sign Up Have Already Confronted Unexpected Health Care Emergencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 21, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – With just 10 days left of open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace, many Americans are taking action now to protect themselves from unexpected health emergencies. Some who have already enrolled are finding out first-hand what this means. Fortunately, their new coverage protected them from a costly surprise. While Medicaid enrollment will continue year-round, many are anxious to determine their Marketplace eligibility now. Two of those who signed up in the nick of time are profiled for this week’s #GotCovered installment. Our previous #GotCovered stories are available here.

Karen Marshall – Detroit, MI

When Karen’s temporary insurance expired after losing her job over three years ago, finding coverage on her own was nearly impossible. Denials for a seemingly ordinary pre-existing condition kept her from private insurance before the Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1, 2013. Fortunately, provisions in the Affordable Care Act made it possible to not only secure coverage, but also made it more affordable. Karen says she felt lucky just to be considered eligible. When Karen completed enrollment before the December deadline for coverage beginning January 1, she had no idea just how timely her luck was.

Days before 2014 and the start of her policy, she broke two bones in her wrists when she fell while traveling abroad. When she returned home, she immediately jumped on the phone with her new insurer so she could schedule appointments and surgeries with local doctors using her new policy. Karen says she’s grateful for her new silver tier coverage, which has already saved her thousands of dollars in the New Year.

Kellie Jean Roberts – Dayton, OH

The security of health care coverage allows Kellie to pursue her studies in social work free of concern that sickness or an accident might get in the way of her career. As she prepares to graduate with her bachelor’s degree in a month, she will have security knowing she can continue her clinical social work internship as she looks toward a full-time position with coverage.

When Kellie was unexpectedly hospitalized in early February, she secured Medicaid coverage in Ohio on the spot with the help of a Certified Application Counselor. As a full-time student at 22 years old, she says that this emergency could have meant thousands of dollars in medical bills, possibly keeping her from finishing her degree on time because of financial concerns. Instead, she was able to receive treatment that didn’t keep her from the degree she’s worked so hard for. Kellie is using her enrollment experience as an opportunity to tell others about their new options under the Affordable Care Act. Just this past week, her class organized an enrollment workshop for the Dayton community and she hopes she can help others realize the importance of coverage before it’s too late.

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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Get Covered America’s “Countdown to Get Covered” Series: Get Covered America Hailed a Cab – And Hundreds Arrived to Sign Up for Health Insurance by the March 31 Deadline

Get Covered America, Atlanta Workforce Development Agency, and Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport joined forces to help taxicab drivers get covered.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 21, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – Usually, people call on taxicab drivers to pick them up. But this time, Get Covered America went directly to the taxicab drivers at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and set up enrollment assistance inside “The Bullpen” to get busy cab drivers signed up for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace. With the March 31 deadline just 10 days away, the drivers appreciated the coordinated effort and signed up for health insurance in droves. 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.

Get Covered America field organizers visited the Domestic and International “Bullpens”—the areas where drivers wait for their fares to be assigned—to offer Health Insurance Marketplace information to taxi drivers. They distributed literature, discussed documents needed to complete enrollment and set appointments for drivers to visit with in-person assisters.

By the second day, an enrollment site was set up inside the Bullpen for drivers to meet with in-person assisters. Organizers continued to canvass, give presentations, and distribute Get Covered America literature. In just the first two days, they had collected contact information from about 100 uninsured individuals, held about 200 conversations, and saw 10 drivers enrolled in the Marketplace, a testament to the appetite the taxicab drivers had for the new health insurance access.

On the days following, the good news continued: one taxicab driver got dental and vision coverage for $45 per month and exclaimed, “It’s great that you guys are here for us.” One of the managers, Yonus Shermake, agreed that “everyone is excited, but no one has been here to answer them until you!”

Get Covered America will return next week to assist more drivers before the March 31 deadline.

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

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.

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Get Covered America’s “Countdown to Get Covered” Series: Elected Officials Across Pennsylvania Step Up Enrollment Effort As Deadline Approaches

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 20, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – With less than two weeks to go, Get Covered America is engaging trusted voices in communities across the country to get the word out that March 31 is the deadline to enroll in quality and affordable health insurance. In Pennsylvania, elected leaders across the state have been eager to join Get Covered America volunteer teams to make sure those who stand to benefit in their communities have access to the information and resources they need to get covered. As of March 1, nearly 160,000 Pennsylvanians had enrolled in private coverage through the Affordable Care Act, in addition to thousands more who have qualified for coverage through Medicaid. 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.

(Left to right): Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, County Councilman Bill Robinson, and Congressman Mike Doyle stand with a Get Covered America t-shirt at the Homewood YMCA enrollment event in Pittsburgh, PA on March 18, 2014.

This past Tuesday, the Get Covered America campaign in Pennsylvania teamed up with Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Congressman Mike Doyle to launch the final enrollment push in the city. Held at the Homewood YWCA, the event connected certified application counselors from the community with the uninsured to give them free, in-person assistance to talk about their new health care options. The participants were just as diverse as the city of Pittsburgh – faith leaders, young people, city and county officials, the uninsured, and more.

“For years, a lot of folks have had to go without health insurance and take their chances on getting sick because they couldn’t afford the premiums,” Congressman Doyle observed. “Far too many Americans lost that gamble and ended up with massive medical bills. We’re here today to urge you to sign up, and to let you know how to get help with the whole process if you need it – online, over the phone, or in person. A number of local events are scheduled over the next two weeks where you can get face-to-face help learning about your options and signing up. Don’t delay – the deadline for signing up is March 31st.”

Valerie Walls was one of the 27 Pittsburghers who spoke with application counselors Tuesday. Valerie had walked into the YWCA uninsured and looking to explore her options; she left enrolled in a silver plan that included dental along with the ten essential services that every plan must cover. The total monthly cost after tax credits: $70 per month, which is well within her budget. Her coverage will begin on May 1.

“I haven’t had insurance since 2005,” Valerie told Get Covered America volunteers after she enrolled. “This is such a blessing. I can’t believe it.”

On the other side of the state, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has also stepped up to help the uninsured access affordable coverage. On Saturday, the Get Covered America campaign joined Mayor Nutter and Congressman Chaka Fattah to launch Affordable Care Act Week in Philadelphia. Through March 31, sites around the city ranging from community health centers, to places of worship, to tax preparation sites will feature enrollment assistance to help Philadelphia’s uninsured enroll before the deadline.

Additionally, people who enter Philadelphia city agency offices are now being asked about their insurance status. City employees have been trained by Get Covered America staff so they can now talk to the uninsured or underinsured about the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in a quality, affordable plan.

“The level of engagement in the Affordable Care Act enrollment effort among Pennsylvania’s elected leaders is truly making a difference,” said Bill England, Pennsylvania State Director for Get Covered America. “The coalition we are building has allowed us to reach thousands of Pennsylvania’s uninsured. By working together we are able to accomplish what we could not do by ourselves – and the uninsured are benefitting because of it.”

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

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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Get Covered America’s “Countdown to Get Covered” Series: Michigan State Rep Teams Up with Get Covered America to Connect Local Students with Affordable Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
CONTACT: Justin Nisly
Press@enrollamerica.org | 202-601-2494

Washington, DC – With the March 31 deadline quickly approaching, local leaders in communities across the country are joining Get Covered America to help consumers find new health care options and incredible savings through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Earlier this month, Michigan State Representative Rudy Hobbs and Get Covered America hosted an enrollment event at Wright State University in Detroit, where consumers were able to sit down with in-person assisters and explore their options and the financial help available through the Marketplace.

So far, 87% of enrollees in Michigan have received financial assistance to help them pay for their plan, like Elsie Brown, who will pay just 22 cents a month. For less than a dollar, she will receive the essential benefits of comprehensive coverage, with the peace of mind and financial security that comes with having health insurance. 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.

Get Covered America provides enrollment information at Wright State University in Detroit, MI

On Saturday, March 8, State Representative Rudy Hobbs and Get Covered America organized the Wright State University event, combining in-person enrollment assistance, new outreach, and follow-up with consumers all happening at the same time.

Meeting with free in-person enrollment assisters from Wayne State University physician group and Angel Engagement Group, consumers got the chance to walk through their new options and take steps to enroll. Meanwhile, passionate Get Covered America volunteers joined State Representative Hobbs in making phone calls and fanning out in surrounding neighborhoods to educate even more consumers about their new options and mobilize them to enroll.

State Representative Hobbs explained why he got involved to help members of his community get covered.

“The Affordable Care Act has brought much-needed relief to individuals in our state. In order to take advantage of this historic opportunity, it’s important that consumers are aware of their new coverage options and the financial assistance available,” said State Representative Hobbs. “I encourage anyone who is uninsured or underinsured, and needs quality coverage, to get enrolled before the March 31st deadline.”

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