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Monday, March 3, 2014

Health Care Insurance: Have You Signed Up For It Yet?

With less than four weeks to go before the March 31, 2014 deadline to sign up for healthcare, the Obama Administration is working to ensure that Americans who need heath care, do so before then.

A reported number of 4 million people have enrolled already, per the White House, and continued efforts to ensure that young people as well, continue to enroll.

From the White House:

Building on efforts over the past several months to encourage Americans to check out, where they can find quality health coverage, and likely get financial assistance to make monthly premiums even more affordable, this week, the President, First Lady, and Vice President will all publicly encourage the uninsured to enroll in health coverage and Senior Administration Officials will continue to urge Americans to enroll through radio interviews and events across the country.
On Thursday, March 6, President Obama will participate in a historic Town Hall on Latinos and the Affordable Care Act in Washington DC.  The Town Hall is hosted by the Aseg├║rate campaign, also known as “Get Covered,” a partnership between the California Endowment, Covered California, and the largest Spanish-language media outlets, including Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion-impreMedia. The Town Hall, which will be televised, covered and distributed across broadcast, radio, digital and social platforms, will provide an opportunity for a large Latino audience to better understand and guide their decisions to enroll in health coverage.
The President and First Lady, along with Cabinet Secretaries and Senior Administration Officials have done radio interviews into dozens of communities across the country in recent weeks.  The President and First Lady alone have reached 77 stations through their syndicated radio interviews over the past few weeks in key markets from Dallas, Texas, to Miami, Florida.
On the ground efforts continue in full force.  This past weekend, stakeholders held Latino Enrollment Summits in Dallas, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Tampa, as well as enrollments summits in African American communities in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, and Boca Raton.  Last week, HHS hosted Latino Enrollment Summits in St. Petersburg and Kissimmee, Florida and Senior Administration Officials participated in Google Hangouts with Voto Latino.  Today, the Houston Chronicle’s La Voz will host a Google Hangout with HHS officials to discuss the benefits of ACA for Latinos in Texas and additional outreach activities will be announced soon.
More Americans are signing up for health coverage every day, and communities across the country are working to reach the uninsured through creative outreach events aimed at connecting with the uninsured directly in communities. 
For example, in Arizona, the Cover AZ Coalition, comprised of 600 organizations statewide, held a week-long Get Covered Arizona Week organizing blitz where hundreds of navigators, assisters, and educators helped community members sign-up for health care coverage.  The week ended with a Get Covered Arizona Day of Action on Saturday, with enrollment events at more than 16 locations in schools, community colleges, community centers, libraries, and health systems. 
Also on Saturday, in Dallas, a number of organizations including CitySquare, Enroll America, Young Invincibles and TexPIRG hosted “Rock Enroll Dallas” with local DJs, Food Trucks, games and information about how to enroll.
And celebrities, athletes, and everyday Americans have encouraged friends, family, and followers to sign up on the radio and on Twitter and other social media channels.  Over the past two weeks, celebrities Kerry Washington, Aisha Tyler, Tatyana Ali, and Star Jones have conducted numerous interviews with prominent DJs and syndicated entertainment shows to encourage young adults to sign up for health insurance. Their interviews have aired on over 75 radio stations nationwide, reaching key cities in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, and beyond.   
With 29 days left to sign up for insurance in 2014, these efforts will continue in full force to encourage Americans to check out their options on

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