Spreading the word takes center stage on Friday, Sept. 20, as volunteers and King County staff are teaming up to blanket the county with posters, flyers and door hangers. After months of intense planning and training, the public outreach has begun in earnest. Open enrollment for insurance coverage through the Washington Healthplanfinder is just 10 days away.
In partnership with the United Way Day of Caring, this health care reform “blitz” is targeting key locations across King County, including community centers, libraries, YMCAs and YWCAs, food banks, and other places with high visibility among uninsured populations.
The outreach groups gathered for a kickoff breakfast briefing at 9 am. United Way volunteers are focusing on downtown and central Seattle. Public Health staff and many of the partner organizations will be spreading the word to the south, east and north.
King County has made it a countywide priority to ensure all residents who are newly eligible for health coverage are enrolled. The evidence is clear: When people have access to affordable health care, they lead healthier, more productive lives.
Many people, who may have found that health insurance is financially out of reach, will qualify for free or low-cost insurance. but surveys show they’re not aware, and possibly confused about the new health care law. In October, in-person enrollment events will help people navigate the new system. The six-month open enrollment period runs Oct. 1 through March 31, 2014.
Want to join the movement and get involved?
Follow the conversation on social media and help spread the word. Use the #coverkc and #coverageishere hashtags and link up with Washington Healthplanfinder, Coverage is Here, and Public Health — Seattle & King County on Facebook and on Twitter at @Waplanfinder, @Coverageishere and @KCPubhealth.
And here are a two collections of snapshots of the otureach effort in White Center: