A Word from the White House Regarding the Affordable Care Act

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Together We Can Inform Americans About the New Health Care Marketplaces

Buenos días,

Yesterday, the administration announced a new $150 million investment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help community health centers provide more individuals and families across the country with access to quality health care services. This is extremely important for the Latino community since today 1 of every 3 patients served by Community Health Centers is Latino. Specifically, this investment will help support 236 new Community Health Center sites nationwide and help provide essential health care services, such as primary and dental care, to approximately 1.25 million additional patients.

Community health centers are key partners in improving access to quality, affordable health care services and play an especially important role in delivering health care services in communities with historically high rates of uninsured. Health centers are also on the front line of helping uninsured residents enroll in new health insurance options available in the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

On Tuesday, President Obama visited Temple Emanu-El in Dallas to spotlight the work of community leaders helping consumers learn about, navigate, and gain health insurance through the Marketplaces. In his remarks, the President highlighted Texans’ need for affordable healthcare as it is home to the highest number of uninsured Americans, many of whom are Latinos. After the President’s visit Mayor Julian Castro wrote a blog post about why it’s important to stop denying Texans the health coverage they deserve and expand Medicaid. You can read the full blog post in English or Spanish.

During his trip to Dallas, the President also emphasized the need for collaboration between government and community-based organizations to ensure all community members benefit fully from ACA. This includes creating effective grassroots-style outreach events. The President believes in the power of neighbors talking to neighbors in spreading the message about quality affordable health insurance. Together we can work to inform Americans about the new health care options available to them under the ACA and help provide health security to thousands of Americans.

Over the next few weeks, Administration officials will continue to visit cities with the highest numbers of uninsured residents. This includes a trip by Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan to Tampa on November 8 and a trip by Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez to Orlando on November 14. Details about upcoming events will be available soon.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, October 21, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On Monday, October 21, the President spoke to Americans about the new health insurance marketplaces. He was joined by folks who have either benefited from the Affordable Care Act already or who are helping their fellow citizens learn about what the law means for them and how they can get covered. During his speech, the President spotlighted Jessica Ugalde (front row, 3rd from the left). Jessica is a young Latina from Queens Village, New York. After graduating college and while looking for a job, Jessica became very sick. However, as part of the ACA, most young adults can stay on their parents’ health plan up to age 26. As a result, to the relief of her and her family, Jessica enrolled in health insurance under her mother’s plan. Now, Jessica can focus on getting better rather than worry about health insurance.

The President also addressed some of the difficulties individuals have experienced on HealthCare.gov. See the infographic below for more details on what’s being done to make HealthCare.gov better.

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To learn more about how the ACA benefits you and to sign up to get covered visit HealthCare.gov orCuidadoDeSalud.gov. Also, please note Americans can buy the same quality, affordable insurance plan online, by phone or mail, and in person. Read 4 Ways to Apply for Coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace to learn more.

Additionally, please see these new graphics that spotlight how the ACA will benefit Latinas and Young Adults, including:

The President also applauded the Senate for confirming Katherine Archuleta as the next Director of the Office of Personnel Management. Katherine brings broad experience and a deep commitment to recruiting and retaining a world-class workforce for the American people. Additionally, the President nominated Dr. Joseph William Westphal, born in Chile, to serve as his Nominee for Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Department of State.

As always, please share with your networks, get engaged in educating the Latino community about the Health Insurance Marketplaces, and use the hashtag: #OurSalud to join the conversation.

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