This week marks the 2016 Provider and Hospital Week of Action. The campaign aims to give a final push to providers on the front lines of healthcare to sign up consumers for health insurance coverage. Led by Enroll America, advocates for healthcare coverage are hoping events across the country will remind people who have yet to sign up for coverage to enroll before the January 31, 2016 deadline.
There are nearly 18 million people who have gained health coverage so far as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But there are still 10.5 million uninsured Americans out there who are eligible to enroll and have not done so. About half are between 18-34 years of age, nearly 40 percent of these uninsured are living between 139 and 250 percent of the federal poverty level, according to Enroll America.
Reaching these uninsured in no small way depends on local providers. Providers can be a trusted source of information for their patients and the surrounding community. Enroll America’s own research shows that someone who meets with an enrollment assister is 60 percent more likely to successfully enroll in coverage. That is why Community Health Centers are involved in the effort to enroll. Health centers not only trusted local providers, they also have a long history of connecting people to benefits and services. Many health centers already have navigators on site to assist patients with finding coverage and their ability to offer culturally competent services makes them uniquely poised to help. Local health centers from Texas to Pennsylvania will be participating and offering local enrollment events.
To find out more about local events follow the #StayCovered and #GetCovered hashtags on Twitter and Facebook. Download the Provider Week of Action Toolkit for helpful resources to promote open enrollment in your community.