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Get Covered Bus Tour Launches Tuesday in Houston Promoting Insurance Deadline


by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 03:30 PM CDT


Tomorrow, the "Countdown to Get Covered" bus tour will launch in Houston, highlighting the March 31 deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. The bus tour launch event will feature Enroll America president Anne Filipovic and State Senators Sylvia Garcia and Rodney Ellis.

As part of Get Covered America's final month blitz to reach out to uninsured consumers before the March 31 deadline, a 30-passenger "Countdown to Get Covered" bus will head off on a tour of Texas, stopping in major cities to appear at enrollment fairs, canvasses, phone banks, community events, schools and even the SXSW Festival to rally volunteers and encourage people to enroll in coverage.

After kicking off in Houston Tuesday, the "Countdown to Get Covered" bus tour will travel through McAllen, San Antonio, Austin, Waco, and Dallas.

Click below the jump for the full schedule, and RSVP for the "Rock Enroll" event at SXSW!

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The tour will be making stops in Houston, McAllen, San Antonio, Austin, Waco, and Dallas. Click here for a PDF of the full schedule. See below for full details.

If you're here in Austin, make plans to join the Rock Enroll event on Thursday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m. at City Hall. There will also be an information booth at that night's Los Lonely Boys show at Butler Park. Click here for information.

The deadline for open enrollment is March 31. Individuals must have insurance for 9 months of the year to avoid paying a penalty.

Head on over to HealthCare.Gov to sign up, or if you need an in-person navigator, click here to find local help!

Texas Tour: March 11-14

DAY 1: Tuesday, March 11th                                                                      
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Houston Event at Sanchez Charter School
Where: Sanchez Charter School, 6001 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX
What: Press conference at a Charter School in Houston before an enrollment event later in the day.

Day 2: Wednesday, March 12th                                                                    
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
McAllen Partners Event
Where: McAllen Library, 4001 N 23rd St, McAllen, TX
What: Press conference with local McAllen enrollment partners - McAllen has among the highest uninsured rates in the country.

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Phone Bank at San Antonio Field Office
Where: 1410 Guadalupe St. Suite 129, Avenida Guadalupe's El Parian building, San Antonio, TX
What: Phone bank with San Antonio volunteers to follow up with uninsured Texas residents.

Day 3: Thursday, March 13th                                                                      
10:00 AM - 11:30AM
EnrollSA Partner Coalition Event
Where: Norris Conference Center, 4522 Fredericksburg Road A100, San Antonio, TX
What: Press conference with EnrollSA, a San Antonio partner coalition dedicated to educating the city
about the new health care options available.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
RockEnroll Austin SXSW Event
Location: Austin City hall, 301 W 2nd St., Austin, TX
What: Volunteers will ride the bus from the Enroll America field office to the SXSW music festival for a street canvass. At 3:00 PM, there will be a press conference with local leaders at Austin City Hall.

Day 4: Friday, March 14th                                                                          
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Waco Press Event
Where: Hillcrest Hospital, 100 Hillcrest Medical Blvd, Waco, TX
What: Press Conference with health care providers and other partners at the Hillcrest Hospital.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Dallas Financial Help Outreach Event
Where: West Center Mall, 1940 SW Center Mall, Dallas, TX
What: Volunteers and staff will talk with consumers at the West Center Mall about the financial help that is available to them through the Marketplace.



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Bus? That's funny.

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It will be the first thing involved with the ACS that has. Not to borrow metaphors but if it is truly the ACA bus it will end up in a ditch with no one on board. Unless of course they cancel bus service in Houston and it is the only option. 30 seats should be plenty.

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