Urban League joins enrollment campaign, co-hosts event on Sat.

stock photo for flyerThe effort to say, “get enrolled,” to all eligible King County residents is leading to new partnerships — including many organizations that haven’t traditionally focused on health-care.

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is one of the most prominent new partners. The organization has a trusted voice in the African-American community. And on Saturday, March 15, the Urban League will co-host a major health insurance enrollment event in central Seattle, along with several other key health partners.

    • When: March 15, from 10am – 2pm
    • Where: Miller Community Center, at 330 19th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

The goal is to raise awareness and boost sign-ups on Washington Healthplanfinder among groups that can easily be left behind by mainstream marketing and outreach. 

For example, African-Americans in King County are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as whites.

And with a March 31 deadline approaching to enroll in subsidized plans (and beat the tax penalty deadline), getting out the word is a top order of business.

The Seattle Urban League’s Young Professionals will help at the event.

With the new health law in full effect, the main obstacles to acquiring health insurance are going away — including policies that used to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, and prohibitively high costs for coverage.

That means health insurance enrollment is becoming similar to other services, such as housing assistance, job readiness, and education.

Additional partners are reaching people in central Seattle and Capitol Hill, including:

Bilingual assistance will be available in Somali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Cambodian And Laos.

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