CHAMPAIGN — Volunteers will be knocking on thousands of doors throughout Champaign-Urbana on Friday to help spread the word about how to sign up for health coverage available through the new state-federal marketplace.
The door-to-door campaign will run from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and is being sponsored by Campaign for Better Health Care, along with its student organization, and Enroll America.
Campaign for Better Health Care, a coalition of more than 300 organizations, views affordable, accessible health care as a basic human right, and Enroll America is a nonprofit organization looking to maximize the number of uninsured Americans enrolling in insurance options available through the Affordable Care Act.
Campaign for Better Health Care Executive Director Jim Duffett said nearly 100 volunteers — some of whom will be University of Illinois students — will hit the streets Friday afternoon in groups of two, with each pair targeting 80 homes.
The volunteers won't be able to enroll anyone on this outing, Duffett said. But they'll deliver information about the state health marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, the call center and locations to get help enrolling in health coverage and offer cards people can fill out if they want followup help.
"I expect that Urbana will be pretty blanketed, and a good amount of Champaign turf, too, will be blanketed in those three hours," he said.
Duffett also said the door-to-door campaign will be one of many outreach efforts Campaign for Better Health Care plans to offer over the six-month enrollment period that started Oct. 1 and runs through March 31. While open enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance runs six months, people lacking insurance need to sign up by Dec. 15 to have coverage effective by Jan. 1, 2014.
Enrollment helpers, called navigators, will be available to help the public and answer questions from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Campaign for Better Health Care offices at 44 E. Main St., C, Suite 414, and at the Urbana Public Library, 210 W. Green St., U, Duffett said.