SOURCE: Foundation for Health Coverage Education

Foundation for Health Coverage Education

January 13, 2010 15:37 ET

Laid-Off Workers Can Learn of Low-Cost Public Health Coverage Options With GotCoverage App

Non-Profit's Coverage for All Campaign Highlights App to Help Users Qualify for Coverage

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - January 13, 2010) - For the nearly 14 million laid-off Americans, the secret to holding on to health coverage could be in the palm of their hands. On January 8, 2010, the Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE),, released GotCoverage, a completely free app that offers iTouch and iPhone users the chance to navigate the entire U.S. health coverage system and learn which options work best for them.

"This innovative technology teaches people, who are at risk of losing their coverage, about free and low-cost government-sponsored plans," said Phil Lebherz, Founder of FHCE. "Many Americans do not realize they qualify for public coverage or understand that families can mix and match health coverage programs to save money. This provides a whole new medium to help people learn of these options."

"People looking for jobs are highly mobile and need to have easy access to the current government -sponsored and available private insurance information," said Ankeny Minoux, FHCE's president. "By downloading GotCoverage, a user can take our Eligibility Quiz and instantly receive a customized list of their potential health coverage options, including costs, a check-list of required application materials, and program contact information." GotCoverage users may also click the button for the U.S. Uninsured Help Line at any time to call and speak to a health coverage specialist in over 141 languages.

For the past five years, the FHCE has been operating the 24/7 U.S. Uninsured Help Line (1-800-234-1317) and to assist Americans seeking coverage. More than 1 million people have utilized its resources, and the GotCoverage app is just another way for uninsured Americans to access information regarding their eligibility for the hundreds of state and federal assistance programs.'s most user-friendly tool, which FHCE made the focus in its GotCoverage App, is its simple 5-Question Eligibility Quiz. The quiz provides a systematic process to understanding what programs best meet their needs and makes the 175 public healthcare program descriptions and online applications easily accessible.

The App is also helpful in explaining the latest COBRA option. "Many recently laid-off workers are eligible for COBRA and the COBRA subsidy, as well as the nation's Medicaid programs and are unaware of their options. With our Coverage For All Campaign and the GotCoverage app, we hope to offer some guidance through the complex health coverage system," said Minoux. View more of FHCE's Coverage For All Campaign and its helpful resources on its website,

About FHCE

The Foundation for Health Coverage Education's mission is to help simplify public and private health insurance eligibility information. In addition to its U.S. Uninsured Help Line (800) 234-1317 and website, FHCE offers free consumer guides for all 50 states.

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