From death panels to job killers, the oft-repeated misinformation about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has yet to let up. It’s left many of the country’s uninsured confused about what the new law means for them. The way to counter this coordinated effort to confuse is to coordinate an effort to educate; to contact eligible, uninsured women and families with information about the availability and benefits of new insurance plans, to inform them about why, how, and when to enroll.
We at Planned Parenthood have been reaching out in communities since October—today, we announced we’ve crossed the one million mark. That’s 1 million people Planned Parenthood has contacted about how to enroll in health care. We’re now knocking on 20,000 doors per DAY.
And we’re just getting started. Between now and March 31, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and our affiliates will be holding more than 500 community education and enrollment events in 18 cities across eight states, in the final weeks before the March 31 enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act.
“The Affordable Care Act is one of the greatest advancements for women’s health in a generation. As the leading women’s health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood fought hard for the law’s passage, and in the last few weeks of this enrollment period, we’re working double time to make sure our patients and the communities we serve know about their new health care options,” said Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “For millions of women, their trusted provider is Planned Parenthood. And for millions more, Planned Parenthood has been the trusted voice that helps guide them to get covered and get access to the full range of health care services they and their families deserve.”
More than half of this work is being done in Spanish, trying to reach the nation’s nearly one in three non-elderly Latinos who are uninsured.
It’s a way of helping people get coverage one phone call, door knock or radio ad at a time.
Here are some pics of our organizers in action: