High School Students Help Residents ‘Get Covered’

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Students at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Albany Park are volunteering their time to help the community learn about new health insurance options. On Saturday, February 8, more than 40 students canvassed the neighborhood and conducted outreach to encourage residents to sign-up for coverage.

Students also encouraged residents to attend a free insurance workshop on Saturday, February 15 at Roosevelt High School located at 3436 West Wilson Ave.

“We’re very proud of the hard work of our students. They’re committed to volunteering their time in ways that benefit the community. Our success as a school is largely due to our student’s community engagement,” Assistant Principal Bryan Quinlan says.

During the workshop, professional in-person assisters answered questions — including those about the availability of financial assistance — and helped consumers enroll in the Marketplace through Healthcare.gov. in both Spanish and English.

According to a figures released by the Department of Health and Human Services, 73 percent of Illinoisans who have applied through the Marketplace received financial assistance. Consumers have until March 31 to sign-up for new insurance options through the Marketplace.


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