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Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today recognized 35 Iowa Champions for Coverage. These organizations and businesses have volunteered to help Americans without affordable insurance learn more and get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opens for business Oct. 1 and will give consumers a whole new way to shop and purchase affordable, high quality health coverage.

"A network of volunteers on the ground in every state - health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials - can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled," said Secretary Sebelius.

Champions for Coverage include national and local businesses and organizations - bloggers, community health centers, hospitals, communities of faith, and civic organizations. They will use publicly available materials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - both digital and in print - to help members of their communities understand their new options through the Marketplace. There are many ways these organizations are helping, including providing information about the law in their office, hosting education events, or posting information on their website.

"We are both excited and thankful to have such a wide variety of businesses and organizations that want to get involved and help us spread the message about these new opportunities for people to access quality, affordable health insurance with open enrollment beginning tomorrow," said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. "Coverage for those who enroll by December 15 will begin on January 1, 2014."

The growing list of Iowa organizations includes:

All Care Health Center

AMOS - Des Moines and Ames Iowa

ASK Resource Center

Avera Holy Family

Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital

Clinton Medical Center

Crescent Community Health Center

Edgerton Women's Health Center

Ellsworth Municipal Hospital

Family Planning Council of Iowa

Focus ACA

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Hospital Association

Iowa Primary Care Association

Iowa Public Health Association

Lucas County Health Center

Mercy Medical Center

Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton

Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa

Mercy Medical Center-Dyersville

Monona County Public Health

Northern Iowa Urological Associates

Palo Alto County Hospital

Polk County Health Dept

Primary Health, Inc.

Progressive Action for the Common Good

Shelby County Public Health

Substance Abuse Services Center

Trinity Medical Center

Unity Point Clinic - Family Medicine Allison

UnityPoint Health - Trinity

University of Iowa Health Alliance

Waterloo Public Library

Wayne County Hospital Clinics

In all states, there will be people trained and certified to help you understand your health coverage options and enroll in a plan. They will be known by different names, depending on who provides the service and where they are located. Using the "Find Local Help" tool, you can find information about assisters like Navigators, application assisters, certified application counselors, and government agencies.

Consumers can also find help at local community health centers and libraries. The Marketplace consumer call center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-318-2596 (hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD can dial 1-855-889-4325), with translation services available in 150 languages. Visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov to learn more or participate in a live chat with a trained customer service representative.

Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace continues for six months. Consumers can apply and choose a plan until the end of March, with coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2014.

To see the list of Champions for Coverage visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion.html

To join the growing list of Champions for Coverage, visit: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champion-apply.html.

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