DAI Leaders Organize Marketplace Education and Signup Opportunities
Dallas Area Interfaith leaders within schools and congregations are organizing Health Care Marketplace education sessions and signups faciliated by area Navigators and Certified Application Counselors at various locations around Dallas and Collin counties. Some sessions are English only, some Spanish only, and some bilingual. Check out the list below for scheduled opportunties and check back often as new dates are being added almost daily.
Members of host institutions and all area neighbors are encouraged to attend to learn more about the new insurance exchanges, to register, or to signup for health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). Each person wishing to enroll should bring the following:
- Proof of Citizenship (SS card or passport)
- Proof of State Residency (Driver's License, copy of lease, or utility bill)
- Proof of Income (tax return, W-2, or pay stub)
- Proof of Legal Residence/Immigration Status (Green Card)
- Method of Payment (How you will pay for the insurance plan. No payment is required at signup.)
These community-wide education and enrollment events are the result of over two years of effort to bring affordable health care to Dallas County by the diverse faith-based and school member institutions of Dallas Area Interfaith. It follows DAI's public announcement of its plans on October 17th at an action attended by regional Health and Human Services Director Marjorie Petty and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, and kicks off similar events in a number of DAI member institutions throughout the Dallas area. President Obama stopped by on Wednesday, November 6th, to recognize, thank and encourage volunteer DAI leaders for their work educating area residents about the quality, affordable health care now available for more north Texans.
Upcoming events include the following:
- Thursday, 12/5 - Marketplace Training (English only) in the Library Atrium at the Spring Creek Camput of Collin Creek College, 2800 E. Spring Creek at Jupiter Road, Plano, TX 75074, 11 am - 12:30 pm
- Friday, 12/6 - Marketplace Enrollment (English only) with area Navigators in the Library Atrium at the Spring Creek Camput of Collin Creek College, 2800 E. Spring Creek at Jupiter Road, Plano, TX 75074, 11 am - 12:30 pm
- Sunday, 12/8 - Marketplace Enrollment (Bilingual) at Temple Shalom Synagogue, 6930 Alpha Rd, Dallas, TX 75240, 1 pm - 5 pm
Check back here and the DAI Calendar for more events and opportunities coming soon.
President Obama Thanks DAI Leaders in Dallas
Join the Campaign for Affordable Health Care
On Thursday, October 17th at 7PM at Temple-Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest, several hundred leaders of DAI's member institutions gathered to publicly announce their plans to educate their members and distribute 100,000 copies of the DAI health care booklet entitled "Cut Your Cost For Health Insurance: Learn How The New Tax Credit Could Provide Financial Assistance For You". Special guests at the October Assembly included: Bishop Douglas Deshotel, Judge Clay Jenkins, and Ms. Marjorie Petty, Regional Director of Health and Human Services.
Stand with DAI as we publicly affirm our Campaign for Affordable Health Care For All to inform our member congregations and their neighboring communities about the new opportunities for good, affordable health care in the new health care marketplace.
To download your own copy of our booklet to read or share, right-click the cover image to the right, select "Save Link As", and follow directions to save a copy to your computer. Then read whenever you like with Adobe Reader, a free download available from Adobe.com.
Free printed copies are or will be available at DAI member institutions, most branches of the Dallas Public Library, and many area Community Colleges. For bulk copies or for licensing rights to reprint the booklet or its content, contact the office of Dallas Area Interfaith at 214-689-5988 between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Thursday.
Skill QUEST Achieves Record Success
Skilled Workers for Quality Employers
Skill QUEST supports high skilled career training through community colleges for those unemployed or under employed, living at 200% of the federal poverty guideline and below, and willing to make a strong commitment to their future. By assisting participants in navigating from college registration through job placement, Skill QUEST has achieved remarkable success as a workforce intermediary. With average pre-program earnings of only $1,875 annually, the average salary of recent program completers entering the job market is $42,941.68 per annum!
To better serve the Fair Park area of south Dallas, Skill QUEST has recently relocated their offices to MLK Center, Building A, 2922 MLK Blvd., Suite 118B, Dallas, TX 75215. A Texas registered nonprofit corporation, Skill QUEST was designated a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this year, making all contributions fully tax deductible as provided by law.
An initiative of Dallas Area Interfaith, Skill QUEST has served more than 135 participants in 2013, with more enrolling every semester. For more information about how you can help or enroll, call the Skill QUEST office at 214-421-3555 or visit their website at www.SkillQUESTntx.org.