In Cleveland, Getting Covered in Three Digits: 2-1-1

Posted February 3, 2014

We just had a great event today at the Cleveland Public Library, where help getting covered is only a three-digit phone call away: 2-1-1.  

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius joined Mayor Frank Jackson and Rachel Rosen DeGolia, director of the Universal Health Care Action Network (UHCAN), in the Buckeye state to highlight the strong partnership between Mayor Jackson and organizations in the Cleveland area, including United Way.

The Mayor talked about the way his community is partnering with United Way and a group of local community organizations – the NEO Outreach and Enrollment Council – who have made it possible for local citizens to get connected with assistance with the Marketplace by dialing 2-1-1.

The Secretary said that these efforts are a terrific way to answer the call from President Obama to make 2014 a Year of Action. And she reminded Ohioans of President Obama’s call for every American who knows someone without health insurance to help them get covered by March 31, when open enrollment ends.

Our hosts at the Cleveland Public Library have been doing a great job doing their part.  The library has regularly scheduled hours when people can meet with trained assisters for help with the enrollment process. People who want in-person assistance can also find help in their community at

We want to remind Clevelanders that they can also enroll online at; by phone at 1-800-318-2596 or 2-1-1 for Cleveland area information; by mail; and directly by issuer, agent, or broker.

It’s a new day for Ohioans and their health care: About 40,000 Ohioans selected health plans through the end of December; more than 80 percent of them received financial assistance through the Marketplace to help pay for coverage.