CHICAGO – While the Affordable Care Act health insurance open enrollment endedMarch 31, some consumers may still be able to qualify for special enrollment period. Get Covered America staff and volunteers will be taking the message to consumers at the Austin Juneteeth Festival on FridaySaturday and Sunday.

Get Covered America will let consumers know they may be eligible for a special enrollment period if they have had a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a child, moving, or losing other health coverage. If somebody experiences a qualifying life event, they have 60 days to enroll through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Volunteers will also be talking to festival attendees about Medicaid enrollment which continues year-round.

The educational efforts come after a recent Enroll America survey found that those who enrolled knew more details of the law and its benefits than those who did not enroll.   PerryUndem conducted the national survey of consumers who enrolled in coverage during the first open enrollment period and consumers who remain uninsured.   The survey found that 56% of enrollees knew that financial assistance was available, while only 26% of those who did not enroll were aware.  Seventy-seven percent of the over 217,000 Illinoisans who enrolled through the Marketplace received financial help.

About Get Covered America and Enroll America
Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.
Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

***** Please RSVP by emailing *****

What: Affordable Care Act Special Enrollment Period education at the Austin Juneteeth Festival
Where: Sankofa Arts Center
5820 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651

When: Friday, June 13
3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 14
8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 15
8 a.m. – 5.p.m.

Who: Get Covered America

Local contact: Michael King

How: To RSVP or for more details, please e-mail