Today is the Affordable Care Act deadline to sign-up for health insurance. You can bet YOS counselor Dianne Wilson will be hard at work, like she has been for weeks, getting the uninsured enrolled.
Dianne has had great success signing up the uninsured in the Chicago area with some unconventional approaches. On her own, she is having greater success than some organizations with large staffs.
Dianne’s weekly quota from Get Covered Illinois for new sign-ups is 15. She’s easily quadrupled her quota (some weeks even more) by going out into the community to find the uninsured at homeless shelters, plasma centers, church groups and home visits. Her persistence is so great, she’s known as the “Obama lady” in some of the neighborhoods where she works, like Melrose Park.
“I have a lot of experience navigating my way in communities,” said Dianne. “I’m happy to be able to use my skills to help people get access to health insurance.”
Her work is having a larger impact than just health insurance. For example, at a homeless shelter, she found a family (mom, dad and two daughters) who live in their car. In addition to getting them signed up for health insurance, Dianne found them housing through a residency program, which also helped the dad find work at a loading dock.
Dianne is very passionate about her work and it shows in her results. Congratulations Dianne!