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Mayor Bing Encourages Detroiters To Enroll In Obamacare

Detroit, MI - Mayor Dave Bing is encouraging the city’s residents to sign up for health insurance under the nation’s new Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

The Mayor appeared at a press conference on October 16, 2013 at the Northwest Activities Center on Meyers, where the first of four healthcare enrollment fairs organized by the ObamaCare Detroit Enrollment Team is taking place. Mayor Bing was joined by one of the organizers, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson of Great Faith Ministries International and Founding President of IMPACT Network, and the director of the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion, Vernice Anthony.

"There are a large number of Detroiters who don’t have health insurance due to their financial situations. And, just this week, the City’s Emergency Manager announced extensive cuts to healthcare benefits for 28,500 current and retired City workers,” said Mayor Bing. “We are encouraging everyone impacted by our City’s fiscal condition and the economy to attend these enrollment fairs to get professional assistance signing up for affordable, quality health insurance.”

Healthcare counselors will be on-site at the free ObamaCare enrollment fairs to help residents through the process of signing up for health insurance. Attendees must bring a current I.D. The fairs are being held from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the following locations:

- Thursday, October 17 – Great Faith Ministries International, 10735 Grand River
- Thursday, October 17 – Wayne County Community College District Downtown Campus, 801 W. Fort
- Friday, October 18 – Wayne County Community College District Eastern Campus, 5901 Conner

The Michigan Household Survey on Health Insurance estimates that 790,000 people in the state do not have health insurance. A large portion of the uninsured residents are in Detroit. According to the survey, the top reason Michigan residents are going without health coverage is a lack of affordable health insurance rates.

The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010 to reform the healthcare industry. The goal is to give more Americans access to affordable, quality health insurance and to reduce the growth in health care spending in the U.S. The legislation places a special emphasis on preventive care, such as mammography, cholesterol screening and vision checks.

Detroit residents can get more information on the ObamaCare enrollment fairs by calling 1-888-796-8508 or visiting: