Get Covered Illinois announced a church-based enrollment drive during Black History Month to enroll uninsured consumers in health insurance before the March 31, open enrollment deadline. Throughout February, more than 50 African-American churches will host events designed to inform and enroll uninsured community members.
The enrollment drive was formally kick off at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, February 2, where Rev. Walter W. Matthews, Sr. announced the Get Covered Illinois church-based enrollment events during the worship service. State-trained Navigators will be present after the service to answer questions and assist with enrollment. Charles Watkins, Regional Outreach Coordinator for Get Covered Illinois will also be present to answer questions about the enrollment drive.
“The Affordable Care Act provides an historic opportunity to close the gap of the uninsured and reduce health disparities that disproportionately affect minority communities,” according to Jennifer Koehler, executive director for Get Covered Illinois via a press statement. 
Nearly one-third of African Americans in Illinois are uninsured. African Americans are impacted by greater health disparities compared to other races and ethnicities for a number of reasons, including lack of access to affordable health care. Participating churches will facilitate and provide enrollment resources available through Get Covered Illinois to their congregations and to members of the surrounding community.
For a complete list of enrollment events throughout the state, visit Enter your zip code or address to find an event near you. Under the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Illinoisans who were previously unable to get insurance can now get covered.
Get Covered Illinois is urging health care consumers to take advantage of the assistance that is being offered via the web, over the phone and in person through hundreds of community partners across the state. 
Get Covered Illinois on WVON
Every Monday at 11:30 a.m. in February, a representative from Get Covered Illinois will join the WVON Perri Small Midday Show to encourage and promote access to health care insurance in the black community.