Blacks in South urged to enroll in health care plans

By | March 6, 2014

Betty Cooper and other volunteers in Monroe, La., are dropping off fliers at housing developments, sticking them in students’ backpacks and delivering them to area churches.

The fliers, featuring a smiling African-American family, invite people to Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church each Saturday this month to learn more about the Affordable Care Act — and hopefully to enroll in a health insurance plan.

It’s all part of a determined effort by community groups, churches and civil rights organizations — particularly in the South — to sign up more African Americans for health care under the federal law ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline.

“When you read the statistics about health, the health picture of black Americans is most dire,” said Cooper, head of Organizing for Action in northeast Louisiana, a nonprofit group that advocates for President Obama’s agenda. “There is an extra effort … to help many more to enroll.” (USA Today)

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