Pro-Obamacare group raises over $27 million for outreach campaign
November 12th, 2013
01:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Pro-Obamacare group raises over $27 million for outreach campaign

Washington (CNN) - Enroll America, the major outside group pushing uninsured Americans towards Obamacare, announced Tuesday it has raised more than $27 million since March to help fund its outreach efforts.

The group also touted outreach numbers showing its field staff in ten states has reached out to more than 300,000 consumers since its "Get Covered" campaign began.

"Within those 300,000 we've been able to have substantive, meaningful, back-and-forth conversations with over 60,000 consumers, leading to a number we have now of well over 30,000 consumers who have identified themselves as either uninsured or under-insured and very, very interested in wanting to take steps to be able to enroll in the marketplace in the months to come," field director John Gilbert told reporters on a conference call.

This puts the group on pace to help over 300,000 uninsured or under-insured Americans learn more about how to enroll in Obamacare, Gilbert asserted.

Enroll America has staff in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The group announced plans Tuesday to expand to Tennessee, where, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 900,000 people are uninsured.

"The numbers are pretty staggering when you look at it," Craig Becker, president of the Tennessee Hospital Association, said on the conference call.

"There's 500,000 people who are eligible for some sort of a subsidy from the exchange and certainly contacting them is going to be a major, major project."

Becker added that at least 200,000 Tennesseans could be eligible for Medicaid if the state decided to take the federal government up on its offer to fund an expansion of the state-run program.

Enroll America doesn't directly enroll consumers in new insurance, but rather helps direct uninsured Americans towards state-based assisters, navigators or help centers where they can purchase insurance.

As an outside group, Enroll America receives the same updates on the government's efforts to repair Healthcare.gov as members of the media, the group's president Anne Filipic said.

Filipic said she expects the site to be functioning by the end of November as the administration has promised.

"We thought that come October 1 the website was going to be functioning well," Filipic said. "That was our expectation, and when it wasn't, we rolled with it."

"We continued the work we were doing - the education and the outreach - which was always going to be sort of the forefront of our work for the first month or so of enrollment," Filipic added.

"So we are expecting things to be working better then. I will say that we have steadily seen progress in that regard."


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Fair is Fair

    Oh but they did. Their site identifies themselves as a 501(c)(3). But you knew that, right Malory? No? You ought to do your homework before you shoot off your mouth. Johnny has some lovely parting gifts for you.

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    That they ARE a a 501(c)(3) doesn't mean they requested expedited tax-exempt status.

    Shooting off my mouth?! LOL – you really need to get over the fact that your ilk had their backsides handed to them in 2012 and last week. Your anger is making you bitter. If you don't stop drinking the haterade it's just a matter of time before all that hate and ugly comes bursting to the surface, and then – just like your mom told you when you were a child – your face will stay that way.

    November 12, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Fair is fair

    Less than one percent is even gonna sign up so who cares. It collapses! Just watch...,

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    What collapses – the private insurance companies who stand to gain additional customers thanks to the ACA? Good – then we can demand single payer!

    November 12, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  3. jinx9to88

    Wait a minute Ted Cruz told me the majority of Americans didn't like Obamacare?

    November 12, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "your face will stay that way."

    No wonder the GOPers/Teatrolls are so ugly. All that hate just shining thru....

    November 12, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Malory wrote:

    "...If you don't stop drinking the haterade it's just a matter of time before all that hate and ugly comes bursting to the surface, and then – just like your mom told you when you were a child – your face will stay that way."
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    "... just a matter of time..."? Their time ran out in 2012. Didn't you see Rove go flippant on Fox? He still looks like that.

    November 12, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "Hey Sniff – are you serious? The only grous denied were liberal groups? How out of touch can one person be?? You, my friend, have no credibility at all!"

    Ummm, the only 3 groups to receive actual denials of their status were 3 related liberal groups in the northeast. It's not debatable.

    November 12, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. jinx9to88

    What is sad is that about half the states are red states and they are getting no help from their GOP governor.

    November 12, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  8. Gunderson

    Humm,
    Old Gunderson say better save your money. You need it put all those Evil's back in Pandora's Box.Who have money pay Obama Care?

    November 12, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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