This past Sunday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois threw its inaugural BeCovered Care Fair, held at Chicago Indoor Sports at 39th and Ashland. United Way and five of its IPC Subgrantee agencies came out to help educate folks on the Affordable Care Act and what it could mean for attendees and their families.
Starting at 11AM, the fair attracted hundreds of families. The fair itself was split into two sections: one half health education, the other health care education. In the “ACA Zone,” people were able to ask us questions about what ACA meant for them, how they could access new affordable health coverage options and get information to take home with them. With over 50 navigators present, no one had to wait to have their questions answered, making it a great experience for all involved.
Mariela Estrada, an In-Person Counselor from the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, highlighted the large amount of interest in ACA less than a week after the launch of the marketplace “We had over 100 people sign in on our sheets and we talked to over 200 people yesterday. Things are going great!” Overall, United Way and its partners talked to thousands of people, empowering them with the information they will need to make a choice in an otherwise complex system.
Submitted on behalf of Bill Green, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s In Person Counselor Grant Manager.