United Church of Christ

#SoulsToEnroll: Now is the time to get your congregation covered!

Calling_All__SoulsToEnroll.png** Window: November 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017 for coverage beginning January 1, 2018 **

Open Enrollment is the time each year when you can sign up for health insurance if you don’t already have coverage through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or another sort of health coverage. The majority of states are on the federal exchange and use HealthCare.gov. (En español: CuidadoDeSalud.gov.)

The enrollment period is half as long as in previous years and there’s only one deadline, so you must take action by December 15 or risk not having coverage in 2018 and having to pay a penalty.

That means it’s up to all of us to get the facts out.

Here’s what we need people to know: You must take action to sign up for coverage by December 15 for 2018 coverage, and because of financial help, most people can find a plan for $50 to $100 per month. Faith communities can play an important role in healthcare enrollment. Because many faith traditions view healthcare as a right, it is up to faith leaders to encourage their congregations and communities to get covered today.

Here's how you can help:

Download the Souls to Enroll Toolkit - This great toolkit from the Interfaith Healthcare Coalition has the information you need to help your congregation get enrolled, including:

  • Open Enrollment Overview
  • Key States and Deadlines
  • Faith Language about Healthcare
  • How Can I Help My Community Get Covered?
  • Facts about Open Enrollment and More

souls-to-enroll-conference-calls.jpegJoin the faith leader calls: Throughout November and December Faith Leaders and Members of Congress will offer a series of conference calls to support your enrollment work. RSVP to Tamika.Mason@mail.house.gov. Dial 712-451-0436 with access code 845827 to join on:

  • November 6 at 7:30 PM ET
  • November 20 at 7:30 PM ET
  • December 4 at 7:30 PM ET
  • December 11 at 7:30 PM ET

Spread the word on social media: Use #SoulsToEnroll, #Souls2Enroll, and #GetCovered,

Share this UCC commentary online or as a bulletin insert - Your Health Matters: Get Covered

Hold a Souls to Enroll Sunday - Starting Sunday, November 12-December 10, dedicate a service to uplifting health care enrollment. Place enrollment info in bulletins, invite someone to your church to speak about ACA, post enrollment to social media pages, hang up a poster, ask congregants to pledge to get covered and more. (You can find ideas and language in the toolkit.)

Learn more about the UCC's work for health care justice via ucc.org/justice_health.

November 01, 2017 at 8am - December 15, 2017