“Countdown to Get Covered” Update: 3 Days to the February 15 Deadline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 12, 2015

Washington, DC – As the clock ticks down to the February 15 deadline to enroll in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, Enroll America’s grassroots effort Get Covered America is working full speed ahead to reach consumers and make sure they don’t miss their chance to get quality affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

With the final weekend of the open enrollment period just days away, consumers are hustling to beat the buzzer and enroll in a plan before the deadline, and last year’s data shows that consumers who get help from an enrollment expert were nearly twice as likely to successfully enroll. Get Covered America is prepared to meet the escalating demand for information and enrollment resources to ensure that consumers have the tools they need to pick the best plan for them:

  • More than 275 mass enrollment events in 93 cities are planned for this weekend alone.
  • More than 20,000 one-on-one appointments with in-person assisters are available for consumers to schedule online through the Get Covered Connector.
  • In February, Get Covered America staff and volunteers are averaging more than 7,800 calls per day to answer questions and remind interested consumers to complete their enrollment before the February 15 deadline – a 186% increase over the number of calls made per day earlier in the enrollment period.

With consumer interest on the rise this week, Get Covered America is standing ready in communities across the country with outreach efforts in full force and large-scale enrollment events planned in the places they are needed most. Neighborhood centers, churches, libraries, community colleges, and malls – many of which have hosted events through the enrollment period – will all be open and staffed this weekend to serve local residents who want to enroll before the deadline. Some events will target areas with high foot traffic to raise awareness about the deadline and provide consumers with the facts they need to get covered, while other will make enrollment resources and help available in the communities that stand to benefit the most and will have high demand in the final weekend:

In Tampa, Florida, as residents gather in historic Ybor City for the annual Knight Parade celebrating the Latino community’s unique history in the city, Get Covered America will host a large scale enrollment event at the Hillsborough Community College campus in the neighborhood to spread the word and offer in-person help on the spot to students and the greater community.

Last year in San Antonio, Texas, demand was so high at the Alamodome enrollment event that lines wrapped around the stadium. This year, that event has been divided into a series of ten Latino-focused enrollment events happening at clinic locations spread throughout the city to make sure everyone who needs it has access to help.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, local faith leaders are engaging the African-American community through a week-long “Wake Enrollathon” series of events that will bring in-person assisters to churches and faith centers to provide free expert help to the community right up until the February 15 deadline.

If you are interested in attending an enrollment event, or speaking to a consumer who has enrolled in coverage, please contact press@enrollamerica.org

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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 the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization focused on one goal: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage.

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