Independence Blue Cross is helping the Latino community sign-up for health insurance

Friday, 11 December 2015 / Published in Community Partners, Press Releases

Philadelphia, PA – Independence Blue Cross (Independence) is meeting Latino consumers where they live, work, and play to help them enroll in health plans that best meets their needs and budgets.

According to a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts, Latinos continue to be the most uninsured group in the country.Throughout Open Enrollment, Independence has been increasing its efforts to reach Latino communities with Spanish-language resources.

Upcoming Spanish-language education and enrollment events include:

  • On Sunday, December 13, licensed sales agents will be available to help Spanish- speaking consumers enroll at St. Peter the Apostle Church’s celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Consumers looking for health insurance to begin January 1, 2016 must enroll by December 15, 2015.St. Peter the Apostle Church
    12pm-6pm
    1019 North 5th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125
    *Media spokesperson available: 12pm-2pm
  • Open Enrollment extends through January 31, 2016 and choosing a plan within this time frame allows consumers to avoid paying a penalty. The Independence Express, the company’s mobile education and enrollment center, will be traveling to the 7 Brother’s Supermarket to help Spanish-speaking customers understand the best health plan options for their individual needs.Friday, December 18, 2015
    2pm-6pm
    180 W. Duncannon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19120
    *Media Spokesperson available: 2pm-4pm

    Saturday, December 19, 2015
    10am-8pm
    180 W. Duncannon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19120
    *Media Spokesperson available: 11am-1pm

These events are part of a broader outreach through churches, grocery stores, and Spanish-language broadcast stations, including a Spanish-language enroll-a-thon that is airing on Univision. For more information about all the company’s community events throughout Open Enrollment visit ibx.com/events. For consumers who would like to sign-up from the comfort of their own home, Independence licensed Spanish-speaking sales agents are also available by phone at 1-844-315-4884.

To complete the enrollment application, all consumers will find it helpful to have on hand the following items for all members of the family who they wish to enroll:

  • Social Security Numbers (or documented numbers for any legal immigrants who need insurance);
  • address;
  • birth dates;
  • information on tobacco use;
  • income information (paystubs or W-2 Forms, wage and tax statements);
  • employer information, including employer name, address, and phone number;
  • policy numbers for any current health insurance plans; and
  • information from employer about any available job-related health insurance.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 10 million people in 24 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Media contact
Laura Hanes
Independence Blue Cross
Laura.Hanes@ibx.com
215-241-2736 (office)
215-910-0966 (cell)

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