(Houston, TX) – On Saturday, January 24th Congressman Gene Green hosted a Healthcare Enrollment Forum at the M.O. Campbell Educational Center. The event was free to the public and approximately 80 individuals and families were assisted.
Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, and volunteers with the Gulf Coast Health Insurance Marketplace Collaborative helped attendees understand their healthcare options and enroll in insurance plans. Healthcare professionals were also onsite to administer free health screenings and flu vaccines.
“If we had only helped one family, this event would still have been a great success,” Green said. “Our goal was to help individuals and parents cut through the jargon, language barriers, and paperwork to help them find a plan that fits their health needs and budget. No one in this great nation should to have to go without medical attention or go bankrupt getting the attention they need.” He continued, “Last year, millions of Americans gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act. We hope millions more will get covered this year, but we also hope to see these numbers dwindling as there are fewer and fewer Americans without insurance.”
Last year, 10.3 million Americans gained healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act. In North and East Houston and Harris County alone, almost 20,000 people gained coverage. During the initial enrollment period, nearly 7 out of 10 people who selected a plan through the Marketplace found coverage for less than $100 a month with tax credits.
Among the Healthcare providers Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Area Agency on Aging (Harris County), Community Health Choice, MD Anderson Cancer Center and Vecino Health Centers.
This event was made possible with support from Aldine ISD, M.O. Campbell Educational Center, Aldine ISD Police Department, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Constables Alan Rosen and Chris Diaz, Enroll Gulf Coast Insurance Market Place Collaborative, Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, Professional Assisters, Service Exhibitors, healthcare providers and screeners, and all volunteers.