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Insurance festival with food and health services will connect church-goers with free application assistance

CHICAGO, IL – Get Covered America is partnering with the Allen Metropolitan Church of Roseland and the Chicago District C.M.E. Church to connect consumers with health insurance navigators and in-person assisters for a health insurance festival on Saturday, February 8. The festival will include food, fitness demonstrations, health screenings and free insurance application assistance. Allen Metropolitan CME Church is a traditionally African-American congregation and is located just off S. Halsted Street, a few minutes from the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The  Get Covered Insurance Festival will be held February 8, 2014, at the Allen Metropolitan Church Chicago District C.M.E., 10946 South Lowe Street, in Chicago from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In celebration of Black History Month, this insurance festival will provide information and resources to help connect the uninsured with affordable health care. African-Americans are affected by greater health disparities than other races and ethnicities for many reasons, including access to health care. More than 7.8 million African Americans are uninsured, more than 339,000 in Illinois alone.

The church is the perfect place in the community to hold an enrollment event because both Get Covered America and church leaders believe in the same mission: maximizing the number of Illinoisans who enroll in new insurance options. “This is about enhancing quality of life spiritually and physically,” said Pastor David Bryant. “Allen Metropolitan has a holistic understanding of the ministry: body, mind and spirit. Helping the community learn about new insurance options is the right thing to do.”

Consumers seeking in-person application assistance will be paired with a trained health insurance Marketplace navigator for free professional help and guidance. Using Healthcare.gov, in-person assisters will help consumers with the enrollment process. Chicago residents do not need to be a member of the church to attend, and If they are ready, they will walk away signed-up for coverage that starts on March 1.

The festival will run from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday, but a specific appointment time is not necessary. Participants may stop by anytime during the event for personalized assistance.

With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Illinois health insurance Marketplace open for business, Chicago consumers are now able to apply for affordable health care; many will even qualify for generous financial assistance. In fact, according to a figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services, 73 percent of Illinois consumers who have applied through the Marketplace received financial assistance. Six in ten consumers nationally can find a quality plan for $100 a month or less. Consumers have until March 31 to sign-up for new insurance options through the Marketplace, but those who enroll at this workshop can start receiving benefits on March 1.

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health insurance coverage and the new health care options available under the Affordable Care Act. 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.

Please RSVP by emailing krowney@enrollamerica.org

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