This red box has nothing to do with a budget-priced DVD. Get Covered America, a non-profit which rounds up people who can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, is moving to Illinois’ small businesses to find people who might benefit. The group is recruiting small businesses willing to host a drop box for cards on which people can indicate their interest.
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Such places can be the major meeting place in their respective community. “It’s a way for the business owners to say, we really care (that) not just our employees, but the people in our community have a chance to sign a commit card and get covered,” says field organizer Scott Cross. “One of the things that Get Covered America is about is being on the street, doing that handshake, talking to consumers in libraries, laundromats, the farmers’ market in Springfield, the Urbana farmers’ market, the soup kitchens, the Illinois State Fair.”
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