Help TEAM ACA Sign Up People for Health Insurance

For: Indivisible ACA
Seattle, WA
Organizer: Indivisible ACA (Katherine Cleland, Laree Griffith)
Help TEAM ACA Sign Up People for Health Insurance (Indivisible ACA)
$13,886
of $17,000 goal.
Raised by 123 donors
81% Complete

The Story

We are very happy to report that ACA had record sign-ups in Washington state and elsewhere in the country. Your contribution directly helped 100 Washington state residents enroll in health insurance. Not only that but the budget you generously helped create paid for an ACA video that was shared online by Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell and viewed over 50,000 times, all over the country. This goal of the video was to lessen confusion on how to sign up for insurance. This experience led Team ACA to conclude that offering educational tools and in-person events with experts is crucial to protecting our healthcare system. The better people understand how to utilize all the resources, the stronger the exchange. Thank you again for contributing to our campaign. Although Julie ended up in the hospital and didn't get as far as she hoped, she is so grateful she had this experience and was able to help her neighbors, even while healing from home.

WHO THE HECK IS JULES?

Julie Negrin has had four unrelated cancers by age 42. She’s been advocating for the ACA since October 2016, has spoken with Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell, and Representative Jayapal and soon with Governor Inslee. You may know her as the woman who pledged to refuse medical treatment if the ACA was repealed in July. Julie used to be a nutritionist, food educator, and author in her former life. Now that she is disabled, she hopes to lend her 20+ years of event planning and food activism to save the ACA and our health care system from being destroyed.

WHO IS WORKING ON THIS PROJECT?

A team of Washington health care advocates from Indivisible are working on this project. The money will be collected and managed by several members to ensure 100% accountability and transparency. All expenses will be shared publicly for full transparency. There will be a driver, helper, and Julie for a total of three travelers.


WHAT WILL THE MONEY COVER? 

Money will cover ONLY expenses. No one will be paid except for a helper that will assist Julie since she is disabled. Receipts will be photographed and shared online for full transparency. If more money is raised than is necessary for the trip, it will go towards marketing the ACA sign-up since the government is no longer funding it and/or lobbying/advocacy to protect the ACA. 

RV rental, gas, hook-up, camping, hotels when medically necessary $10,000

Food for three people for 3-6 weeks $3000

Overnight shipping of Julie’s medication along the route $500

Facebook ads, event marketing, stickers/signs to let people know about short enrollment period ACA $1000

Helper/Medical Assistant $2000-2500


HOW LONG IS THE JOURNEY?

We hope to be on the road a minimum of 3 weeks and as long as 6 weeks during the open enrollment of the ACA which is Nov 1-Dec 15, 2017. A lot depends on how much money is raised, how many towns/cities offer to host, and Julie’s health.


WHERE WILL WE BE STOPPING?

We may not have time and money to get to all these states but we will TRY: WA, OR, ID, NV, UT, AZ, NM, CA...if we can keep going, we'll go to any state that wants to host us!

If you want to create a Sign-Up Event in your area, join our Facebook page: Jules Journey to Save ACA and sign up in the Volunteer Form. Stay tuned for a free How to Host an Awesome Activist Event document which will be available on Julie's site soon. Email IndivisibleACA at gmail with questions!


WHO WILL WE MEET WITH?

We'll work with anyone who wants help, regardless of political affiliation.

A little note from Jules:
The reason we need to travel in an RV is because I lost organs that impact my digestion. If I’m traveling in an RV, then I have access to a bathroom and refrigerate my broth and IV saline bags. By donating and/or volunteering for this project, you'll be giving a little bit of independence to a disabled person, which is a real gift.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 9, 2018

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Posted on January 9, 2018

HELLLLLLO I'm so so sorry that we've been out of touch. I lost the password, was in the hospital and ALL KINDS of nutty things happening. BUT the amazing news is that this campaign was a HUGE success. Washington state had record sign ups, the commercial for ACA that we created out of these funds had thousands of views all over the country. Numbers are still coming in since not all states are done enrolling people but last count total for entire country was well over 12 million. This was much, MUCH higher than anyone thought we'd get. 

At the end of November, Vox said that if we hit 8.8 million for healthcare.gov (versus states that have their own site), that would be best case scenario. AND WE HIT THAT NUMBER!!! All in all, this campaign was a huge success!! Which is good since I ended up losing my port due to this project :( It became infected and went sepsis but I'm still alive!! I know it's hard for a lot of people to understand why I'd put myself at risk, but the alternatively is withering away in my parents house and I refuse to not at least try to do some good while I'm still on this planet! SO THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! 

Omg I didn't even tell you best news. WE DID ALL OF THAT ON a budget of $6500!!! Yep, we still have funds left to help clarify things for consumers - help people maximize their coverage, pay lowest prices for meds, we're working on some important things that will help make this a lot painless. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!! And for getting me out of the house!! Our #TeamACA is grateful for each and every dollar donated and will do our best to make the most of it!


Posted on November 5, 2017

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Posted on November 5, 2017

MY LOVELY DONORS Thank you again for your generosity! We had our first event today in Wenatchee and signed up over a dozen people, educated many about what their options are. I learned a lot about what people are struggling with - which is really important because now I know which topics to cover online and in videos!!! Unfortunately, we had to switch to a car instead of an RV because my driver was nervous to drive over the pass in the snow. But I'm comfortable at the Best Western, giving myself fluids now and resting. THANK YOU AGAIN for making this trip possible! I can't wait to keep creating events AND help others create events!! This is teaching me a lot. And of course, it was so fun to actually be out with the people. YOU ARE AMAZING PEOPLE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BELIEVING IN US AND THIS PROJECT!!!!!!!!!


Posted on November 5, 2017

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Posted on November 5, 2017

MY LOVELY DONORS Thank you again for your generosity! We had our first event today in Wenatchee and signed up over a dozen people, educated many about what their options are. I learned a lot about what people are struggling with - which is really important because now I know which topics to cover online and in videos!!! Unfortunately, we had to switch to a car instead of an RV because my driver was nervous to drive over the pass in the snow. But I'm comfortable at the Best Western, giving myself fluids now and resting. THANK YOU AGAIN for making this trip possible! I can't wait to keep creating events AND help others create events!! This is teaching me a lot. And of course, it was so fun to actually be out with the people. YOU ARE AMAZING PEOPLE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BELIEVING IN US AND THIS PROJECT!!!!!!!!!

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