ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed joined Councilmember Cleta Winslow, Councilmember Joyce Sheperd, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Enroll America, SRA International, Inc. and more than 20 health service providers at The West End Mall on Saturday, January 9 to host a community event encouraging City of Atlanta residents to consider Health Insurance Marketplace plans.
This event supports the City of Atlanta’s participation in the White House “Healthy Communities Challenge,” an initiative to actively inform communities that have a high percentage of uninsured individuals about the Affordable Care Act.
“We are working to reduce the number of uninsured residents in the City of Atlanta,” said Mayor Reed. “It is our responsibility to ensure that all Atlantans have access to health care services, regardless of their wealth or income, and today I am encouraging residents to enroll or at least explore the affordable health care plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace.”
Since the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions have taken effect, the adult uninsured rate in Georgia dropped from 21 percent in 2013 to 15 percent in 2015. However, in Atlanta and the surrounding region, there are 304,000 uninsured residents who are still eligible for the Marketplace.
“The City of Atlanta is hosting several events in January like this community kick-off at The West End Mall to ensure that Atlanta residents are aware of the resources and health plans options available in the Marketplace,” said Yvonne Coswer Yancy, Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources. “We are also encouraging residents to visit the SRA Atlanta Enrollment Assistance Center at 117 Luckie Street in Atlanta to obtain healthcare insurance and receive assistance while enrolling.”
HHS estimates that in Georgia, 96 percent of consumers who switch to the Health Insurance Marketplace lowest-cost plan could save on average $57 per month, or $683 per year, on their premium costs in 2016.
Residents can learn more about plans at healthcare.gov. Open enrollment ends on January 31, 2016.