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September 9, 2015
This month’s Get Covered Champion is Miami-Dade College (MDC), who has partnered with Enroll America in South Florida since the launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace to spread the word about the health insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act, providing indispensable enrollment resources to their 165,000 students and the community at-large. As one of the largest and most diverse higher-education institutions in the nation, MDC is gearing up to offer even more Affordable Care Act assistance on its campuses during the third open enrollment period starting November 1.
“Committed partnerships with local institutions are key to enrollment success. And while colleges and universities might not be the first kind of group that comes to mind when you think about enrollment outreach, we know that they are an influential force in diverse and younger communities,” said Anne Filipic, President of Enroll America. “From spreading the word about the options available, to providing on-campus enrollment assistance, higher education institutions like MDC are critical allies in the enrollment effort.”
Enroll America has worked with MDC since the first open enrollment period, and the partnership has expanded each year. Over the past two years, MDC has hosted enrollment events to provide in-person assistance to their students and the greater community. This past year, they also offered over 1,800 office hours across several campuses, where in-person assisters were available for walk-ins and appointments to answer questions and help consumers through the enrollment process.
“Enroll America has been a great partner helping students understand the enrollment application process – an essential first step to quality affordable health coverage.” said Joe Pena, Director of Federal Relations, Office of the College President.
Enroll America and MDC are gearing up to offer even more enrollment information and resources during the upcoming open enrollment period. Due to the success seen last year, Enroll America and MDC will expand in-person assistance office hours to more MDC campuses. Providing access to free expert help is especially critical since more than 70% of the remaining uninsured said they think it’s important to talk to someone one-on-one when buying insurance.
In order to increase awareness of the upcoming enrollment period and the resources available on campus, MDC will share enrollment information through emails and its extensive communications network. Enroll America staff and volunteers will set up information tables to identify students who are interested in learning more about their health insurance options and schedule appointments for them to sit down with an in-person assister via the Get Covered Connector.
Engaging nontraditional partners has always been an important part of Enroll America’s work to reach the uninsured. Higher education institutions in particular are key to the enrollment effort because they are a critical part of the local landscape in many communities. Community colleges play an especially important role in connecting people who most need information about their insurance options, since they are more likely than four-year institutions to serve uninsured students. Community colleges also have an interest in connecting their students with health coverage, since on average 70% of students who started a degree but did not finish say that having health insurance would have helped them make it to graduation.
About Enroll America and Get Covered America
Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge tools, analyze data, inform policy, and share best practices in service of its mission: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The Get Covered America campaign was created in 2013 to inform millions of eligible consumers about their new health insurance options, and has been tested, refined, and proven successful through two enrollment cycles. Get Covered America programs and tools are now being utilized by partners in enrollment efforts nationwide, supported by more than 100 Enroll America staff working both nationally and on-the-ground in targeted communities across the country.