After Action Report: ACA Enrollment Press Conference

Ken Croken speaks at ACA Enrollment Press Conference

Ken Croken speaks at ACA Enrollment Press Conference

Despite the fact that last Tuesday, October 1, 2013, the U.S. government shut down and thereby created real hardships for many, many people, it was also a date to celebrate—the first date for millions of people in this country to sign up for the expanded health care coverage opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Here in the Quad Cities, it was a beautiful afternoon—a bit breezy, but sunny and warm—a great day to be outside. A large group from PACG did just that, at the fountain out front at the Genesis East campus. We were at a press conference to hear a number of Quad City organizations explain what they will be doing to enroll the approximate 40,000 uninsured people in our Illinois-Iowa community. Davenport mayor Bill Gluba, passionate as always about issues of social justice, gave a rousing affirmation of the importance of the day in the expansion of social and health care justice for all. Representatives of Genesis Health System, Community Health Care, Project Now, Casa Guanajuato, Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living, Campaign for Better Health Care, and the Rock Island County Health Department all explained their roles in enrollment. The overriding message was that this push for enrollment would truly be community-wide.

Picture of Karen Metcalf facilitator PACG Health Care Forum

Karen Metcalf facilitator PACG Health Care Forum

Community organizations are going to be key partners in our local enrollment activities. PACG is one of over 900 organizations around the country that have made a commitment to helping the enrollment effort by becoming a Champion for Coverage. We’re taking that role seriously, and the Health Care Reform Forum is actively working to strengthen the network of support for enrollment across the QC community. Stay tuned for updates!


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