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If you already have insurance through your work, your parents, or your spouse, you can still play a role in getting Texas covered.
Several organizations are reaching out to uninsured Texans before the March deadline to educate them about the importance of the Affordable Care Act and assist with the enrollment process.
If you can donate a few hours a month to help Texas families obtain affordable health care coverage, agencies in your area could use your help.
Read below the jump for opportunities to help get Texans covered.Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood has launched a Get Ready to Get Covered campaign to assist with the implementation of the new health care law. Get Ready to Get Covered provides education about the new law, the consequences of not having insurance, and how to choose a plan.
Volunteers for Planned Parenthood can participate in the Get Ready to Get Covered campaign through community outreach opportunities at their local branch. To learn more about volunteering for Planned Parenthood, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (855) 314-0799.
Insure Central Texas
Insure Central Texas is a program within Foundation Communities, a nonprofit that provides low-income housing in Austin and North Texas.
Volunteers with Insure Central Texas commit to two or three hours per week working as an enrollment specialist to help Texans choose an insurance policy and enroll. Insure Central Texas also provides invaluable comprehensive training on the health care law and how the ACA affects low-income communities. To learn more about Insure Central Texas, contact Rebecca Reid at Rebecca.Reid@foundcom.org.
Gulf Coast Health Insurance Marketplace Collaborative
For Houston residents, the Gulf Coast Health Insurance Marketplace Collaborative provides numerous health care related volunteer opportunities. The collaborative consists of 13 nonprofit or government agencies dedicated to supporting accessible ACA enrollment.
Most of the organizations involved have volunteer opportunities in the Houston area. Visit the websites of the individual agencies, available here, to sign up to volunteer.
Enroll America/Get Covered America
Enroll America launched the Get Covered America grassroots campaign to disseminate information on the ACA and help Americans get access to affordable insurance. To find out about outreach opportunities in your community, sign up at the volunteer page.
Lastly, spread the word:
Ask your friends and family if they have health insurance. If they don't, tell them why they need it and show them how to get it. And if you don't feel prepared to walk them through the enrollment process, direct them to the resources above—that's what they're for.
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