Thousands Will Hit the Streets in Georgia to Educate Public on Obamacare Changes

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    This upcoming weekend, Sept. 7 and 8, staff and volunteers from the Get Covered America campaign will be launching its field program in Georgia in an attempt to educate uninsured and underinsured Georgians about the new health insurance plans and financial assistance that will be available in just three weeks.

    As part of the national “Get the Word Out Weekend,” volunteers in Georgia will knock on doors and join with neighbors to help spread the word about the new health insurance options coming on Oct. 1.

    Research shows many Georgians who could take advantage of plans and financial assistance from the new health insurance options aren’t aware of them. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 43 percent of uninsured Americans haven’t heard anything at all about the new health insurance marketplaces.

    Since launching in June, Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign has dispatched more than 3,000 volunteers to reach people in their communities with information about the comprehensive health plans and financial assistance that will soon be available on each state’s Health Insurance Marketplaces made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the marketplaces set to open on Oct. 1 and coverage starting as early as Jan. 1, 2014, this weekend will mark the biggest outreach effort yet by the grassroots campaign.

    “We’re thrilled to be launching our field program this weekend in the state of Georgia to make sure Georgians know about the new health insurance options coming this fall,” said Dante McKay, Georgia State Director of Enroll America. “Our staff and volunteers will be introducing the Get Covered America campaign to Georgians this weekend to let them know what the new health insurance marketplace means for them and their families and the choices they will have for quality health care plans that fit their needs and budget.”

    Georgia is one of 10 states where Enroll America has more than a hundred staffers on the ground and more than 1,000 are expected to participate in Georgia. The others are states involved in the push are Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.

    Additionally, volunteers with the Get Covered America campaign in five other states will be spreading the word in their communities through conversations on doorsteps, over the phone, and at community centers and events to tell consumers what they need to know to get covered.

    Get Covered America is also reaching out to young people to make sure they have the information they need to take advantage of the new coverage options. On Wednesday, Sept. 4 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Get Covered America (@GetCoveredUS) – along with Enroll America partners Young Invincibles, Our Time, and Generation Progress – will host a tweet chat using the #GetCovered hashtag to answer any questions young people may have about getting covered, and encourage people to join “Get the Word Out Weekend” events.

    The new Health Insurance Marketplace will open in Georgia on Oct. 1 and uninsured and underinsured will be able to compare prices and shop for health insurance by phone, online, or in-person. These private health care plans will cover doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more. Financial assistance will also be available.

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