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SGA, Local Nonprofits Promote Healthcare Marketplace Enrollment at 'Rock Enroll Houston'

Hundreds of young Houstonians got a lesson about healthcare coverage last week at "Rock Enroll Houston", a unique collaboration between Young Invincibles, Community Health Choice, Planned Parenthood, United Way, and UHD's Student Government Association (SGA). The live-broadcast event featured food trucks, free Zumba lessons and musical guests.

SGA president John Locke served as emcee and told his personal enrollment story, advocating for the importance and affordability of the available plans, particularly for college students.

The event is one of many throughout the nation planned in conjunction with the Get Covered campaign, an effort to encourage youth enrollment in the health insurance marketplace. "The idea was to provide information about health coverage in a fun atmosphere that encouraged young people to come by, stay, and hang out," said Erin Hemlin, national organizing and programs manager of Young Invincibles.

Other special guests included the Honorable Marty McVey, President Obama's appointed Director of the United

States Agency for International Development; Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry, Chief Toxicologist, Author & Speaker, NKM Environmental Health Sciences; and Congressman Gene Green, U.S. Representative for Texas's 29th congressional district.

The 2015 enrollment deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, visit the Health Insurance Marketplace.

JL SGA president John Locke speaks to Houston youth about the importance of healthcare enrollment.