Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today recognized more than 20 New Jersey organizations and businesses that have volunteered to help uninsured Americans learn more and get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
"A network of volunteers on the ground in every state -- health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials -- can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled," said Secretary Sebelius.
Champions for Coverage are local businesses and organizations -- bloggers, community health centers, hospitals, communities of faith, and civic organizations. They will use publicly available CMS materials -- both digital and in print -- to help members of their communities understand their new options through the Marketplace. There are many ways these organizations can help, including hanging a poster in their office, hosting an enrollment fair or educational event, or posting links on their website.
"We are both excited and thankful to have such a wide variety of businesses and organizations that want to get involved and help us spread the message about these new opportunities for people to access quality, affordable health insurance when open enrollment begins on October 1," said Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.
The growing list of New Jersey organizations includes:
Bessie Mae Women's Health Center
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
CHAS Home Care
Church of Jesus Christ the Lord, Inc.
East Orange Health Department
Fraser Consulting Group
Jewish Renaissance Medical Center
Korean Community Center (KCC)
Monmouth Regional Health Commission
New Jersey Hospital Association
New Jersey State Association of Public & Subsidized Housing
Rutgers-FOCUS Wellness Center
Saint Peters University Hospital
Save Woman/Men Project
Sussex County Department of Human Services
United Way of Central Jersey
Village Wrap, Inc.
Zufall Health Center
Today's announcement follows the significant effort made this summer on outreach and education around the Marketplace. Consumers can learn about and enroll in coverage later this fall through HealthCare.gov. They can participate in an online web chat, or call 1-800-318-2596 toll free to speak with a trained customer service representative.
There will also be people in local communities who can provide in-person help with coverage choices. HHS awarded $67 million to more than 100 Navigator grant applicants. More than 1,200 community health centers across the country have received over $150 million to help enroll uninsured Americans in coverage. A partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help trusted local libraries be a resource for consumers who want information on their options.
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1, 2013 for coverage starting as early as January 1, 2014. Visit HealthCare.gov to learn more and to sign up for account.
To see the list of 100 national Champions for Coverage visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champions-for-coverage-list.pdf.
To become a Champion of Coverage, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion-apply.html.