Just 13 days left to enroll in coverage through the Health Insurance
Marketplace before enrollment deadline
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 2, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Enroll America and key hospital partners from across the country launched a national Hospital Week of Action to highlight the critical and longstanding role that hospitals play in helping the uninsured find affordable coverage, and to provide opportunities for consumers to get free, in-person enrollment help in the days leading up to the February 15 deadline to enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Across the country, Get Covered America and over 25 local partners will be hosting more than 80 events with hospitals that will give the uninsured the chance to learn more about their coverage options or meet with a free, in-person enrollment expert to select a plan that fits their needs and budget.
Studies by Enroll America show that hospitals and health care providers are among the most trusted voices for the uninsured when they have questions about their coverage choices. This is true across age, sex, and socioeconomic status, positioning hospitals and health care providers as a critical voice to the uninsured who stand to benefit from the quality, affordable health insurance made available by the Affordable Care Act.
“We know that one-on-one enrollment assistance is critical to many Americans taking that final step to enroll in a quality, affordable plan,” said Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America. “That’s why we’ve doubled down on bridging the gap between the uninsured and the certified experts that can help them for free. We’re focused on ensuring that every American who needs to pick a plan or reenroll has access to the resources they need to protect themselves and their family with health coverage.”
Another study by Enroll America shows that in-person enrollment assistance was critical to the uninsured enrolling in a plan during the first open enrollment period. In fact, someone who worked with an enrollment expert was nearly twice as likely to enroll in a plan successfully as compared to someone who did not receive help.
“Trinity Health is committed to becoming a people-centered health system and our 86 hospitals are dedicated to providing enrollment opportunities to consumers in their local markets on a regular basis,” said Tina Grant, Vice President of Public Policy & State Advocacy, Trinity Health.
In South Bend, Indiana, Trinity Health’s Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center has two enrollment centers, and has opened an additional store front enrollment center staffed by highly-trained brokers.
The Hospital Week of Action comes with less than two weeks left in the second open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which ends on February 15. Uninsured Americans who do not have coverage by February 15 may face a fine and will likely have to wait until the next enrollment period to enroll in a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“Hospitals know that health care coverage is the key to building healthy communities,” said Rich Umbdenstock, President and CEO, American Hospital Association. “That is why hospitals across the country work so hard with patients every day to help them find health coverage they need.”
On January 27, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that since the beginning of the second open enrollment period, more than 9.5 million people have enrolled or reenrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid. Of those who enrolled or reenrolled in a plan during the second enrollment period, 87% have received financial assistance to make their plan more affordable.
“Hospitals and health care providers play a vital role as trusted voices for people with questions about health coverage,” said Jeff Tieman, Chief of Staff for Catholic Health Association “We also know that an uninsured person is much more likely to pick a plan if they work with someone who can answer their questions. We’ve teamed up with Enroll America because Catholic Health Association believes that everyone we treat should have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they can afford treatment for an unexpected illness or injury.”
While enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace closes on February 15, enrollment into Medicaid and CHIP is year round. Anyone who wants to schedule an appointment with an enrollment assister can find one in their community by visiting the Get Covered Connector at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector.
National partners for the Hospital Week of Action include:
American Hospital Association
America’s Essential Hospitals
Catholic Health Association
Catholic Health Initiatives
Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals
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.