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Help Spread the Word: Open Enrollment Ends March 31

March 23, 2014

A version of this post originally appeared on the National Disability Navigator Resource Collaborative website.

As we approach the end of open enrollment on March 31, it is time for a final push to help as many uninsured Americans as possible gain access to health coverage. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, half of uninsured adults polled in February 2014 say they don't have enough information to understand how the law will impact them, two-thirds say they know only a little or nothing at all about the Marketplaces, and three-quarters are unaware of the March 31 deadline for open enrollment. People with disabilities are at a greater risk of being socially isolated and not hearing about their enrollment options. Whether you need coverage yourself or what to help spread the word, here are some things you can do:

Don't wait. Humans just love to procrastinate. Things will get pretty busy at the end of the month. Even if you are waiting for Medicaid details, apply now through the marketplace to make sure to get coverage.

Learn More. Check out our Health Reform Hub, including our Get the Facts and Understand the Law sections for basic info. Enroll America has new resources on effective outreach and enrollment strategies and enrollment events in your area to help you right now. Have specific questions? Check out the resources at Health Reform Beyond the Basics

Use HHS resources on outreach. Want to make sure you're sharing correct information. Use HHS info like flyers, posters, sample messages, and tons of other official resources that come directly from the source.

Talk to your friends. Try a Facebook post or even an email reminding people that open enrollment ends March 31. Even if you don't need coverage, someone in your network might. Share info about the enrollment events, or just retweet below to spread the word.