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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