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Mayor Barrett Accepts White House ‘Healthy Communities Challenge’

January 21, 2016

Mayor Tom Barrett responded to the White House “Healthy Communities Challenge” with a simple answer: Challenge accepted.

The “Healthy Communities Challenge” is a competition among 20 communities across the U.S. that have high numbers or percentages of Marketplace-eligible uninsured, and have community collaborations willing to make a meaningful impact. The winning community gets bragging rights, a healthier community and a visit from President Obama.

“At the heart of this challenge is the health of our community,” said Mayor Barrett. “Improving access to health insurance is a key step to improving the health of individuals. The Milwaukee Enrollment Network and its partners, including the City of Milwaukee, are continuing a great collaboration throughout this challenge to provide area residents with assistance and information on local resources.”

Under the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s uninsured rate stands at its lowest level ever. In Milwaukee County, there has been a 32 percent reduction in the uninsured rate. However, an estimated 80,000 individuals remain eligible for coverage, with 51,000 of those individuals eligible for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

The deadline to sign up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is Sunday, January 31. If someone chooses not to buy health insurance and could afford to do so, they are at risk of paying a $695 fee or more. Meanwhile, most people can get coverage via the Health Insurance Marketplace for less than $75 a month after tax credits.

Since the open enrollment period began on November 1, nearly 8.8 million consumers across the U.S. have signed-up for health coverage through the platform or had their coverage automatically renewed. The enrollment numbers for the Milwaukee metropolitan area show that Marketplace enrollment in Wisconsin is strong with 224,719 already enrolling, and 82,131 in Milwaukee.

Trained application assisters are available daily through the City of Milwaukee Health Department Community Healthcare Access Program, as well as at select Milwaukee Public Library and community locations on the following dates through the deadline: 

Jan. 22

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.  

Zablocki Library (3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.)

Jan. 23 

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Centro Hispano (1615 S. 22nd St.)
Washington Park Library (2121 N. Sherman Blvd.)

Jan. 25

4 – 7 p.m.           

Center Street Library (2727 W. Fond du Lac Ave.)

Jan. 26

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

Forest Home Library (1432 W. Forest Home Ave.)

Jan. 29    

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.  

Zablocki Library (3501 W. Oklahoma Ave.)

Jan. 30

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.        

Community Advocates (728 N. James Lovell St.)

Jan. 31

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.          

Community Advocates (728 N. James Lovell St.)

Individuals with questions about the Health Insurance Enrollment Marketplace are encouraged to visit or call (800) 318-2596. For local assistance, area residents can dial 2-1-1 to be connected to an assister or an enrollment event in their area. 

Together, we are building a healthier Milwaukee. 

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