Philadelphia currently in third place in the Nation; Nutter-Kenney plan designed to move city into first place before January 31 enrollment deadline

Philadelphia, December 29, 2015  Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced the City of Philadelphia’s plan to enroll as many uninsured Philadelphians as possible before the Healthcare Marketplace open enrollment deadline of January 31, 2016 in order to win President Obama’s Healthy Communities Challenge.

In November, the White House issued the Healthy Communities Challenge to twenty cities across America. The goal of the Challenge is to enroll the largest number of a city’s uninsured population before the open enrollment deadline.  Last week, the White House announced that the City of Philadelphia is in the top three cities to win this challenge, just behind Milwaukee, WI and Detroit, MI.  The prize for the winning city is a healthier city and visit from President Obama.

“Philadelphia has one of the strongest enrollment coalitions in the country,” said Mayor Nutter.  “We have great groups like the Health Federation of Philadelphia, the Public Health Management Corporation, the Pennsylvania Health Access Network and Get Covered America organizing enrollment events in neighborhoods from Fox Chase to Kingsessing, with free, in-person enrollment counselors. Now, residents can simply call 3-1-1 to find enrollment assistance in their community before the January 31st deadline. Wherever you live in the City of Philadelphia, help enrolling or re-enrolling in coverage is never far away.”

Major January enrollment initiatives include:

  • 3-1-1: Philadelphia residents can now make an enrollment appointment by calling the city’s 3-1-1 hotline. Just dial 3-1-1 and an operator will find a free, in-person enrollment appointment for you in your neighborhood. Appointments are also available via the Philly 3-1-1 mobile app.
  • Events: Hundreds of free, in-person Affordable Care Act enrollment events taking place in every part of the city through January 31st. Residents who need to sign up for health insurance are encouraged to find an event in their neighborhood and sign up for an appointment by visiting GCAConnector.orgor calling 3-1-1.
  • Mobile Enrollment: The continuation of the “BenePhilly Get Covered Tour.” As part of the tour, a mobile enrollment unit from the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity will travel to city neighborhoods to help Philadelphians enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace, the HealthChoices Medicaid program, CHIP and other city services.
  • Help from City Employees: All Philadelphia city employees will be encouraged to talk with city residents they encounter about the upcoming enrollment deadline, and provided with guidance on how best to connect city residents with enrollment resources and assistance.

“Mayor Nutter, along with the dozens of partners working to connect the uninsured with coverage in Philadelphia, has built an incredibly strong foundation for the city to win this challenge and more importantly, to ensure that the maximum number of Philadelphia residents have health coverage,” said Mayor-elect Kenney. “Philadelphia’s uninsured rate has dropped from 19% in 2013 to 12% this year, thanks in part to the efforts of the City of Philadelphia and its agencies which have been instrumental in efforts to get city residents covered, whether through sending enrollment information to more than half a million PGW customers or bringing enrollment assistance to underserved communities through the “BenePhilly Get Covered Tour”.

Neil Deegan, State Director for Get Covered America, said, “We could not possibly ask for a stronger partner than the City of Philadelphia.  We are honored to work closely with Mayor Nutter, Mayor-elect Kenney and alongside the dozens of dedicated organizations in Philadelphia committed to this effort to help Philadelphians get covered. Not enough Philadelphians are aware of the financial help that is available to them to afford quality coverage. We’re looking forward to strengthening our efforts further in these final weeks of open enrollment to reach every Philadelphian we can, and to connect them to coverage.”

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