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Enroll-A-Thon Aimed At Helping People Get Insured
For the first time, Christian Cruz and his family will have health insurance.
"It's definitely something new for me, I'm still trying to get used to this," says Cruz.
He's enrolling today because of a 36-hour "enroll-a-thon" to get people to sign up.
Volunteers are signing up customers throughout the night.
"I came here to look for information, find out some stuff that I didn't know and look for what's best for me and how this works," says Cruz.
It's just one of the creative ways to get the Hispanic community enrolled.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hispanics have the highest uninsured rates of any racial or ethnic group within the United States.
Salvador Valdez, director of enrollment for the Latino Healthcare Forum says they aren't getting the numbers they expected.
"It's been a struggle for a sundry number of reasons. There's this fear factor about 'hey, there's a lot of information I'm giving about myself, who's gonna use it, who's it going to spread to,'" he says.
Valdez says the second hurdle may be technology especially amongst older generations -- which is why Valdez says face to face events like these are a success.
Places where people can ask questions in both English and Spanish.
The enroll-a-thon sponsored by the Latino Health Forum and Sendero Health Plans is taking place through Friday night at 7p.m. in Southeast Austin. It's being held at the Latino Forum Healthcare office located at 6601 Felix Avenue.