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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