Policy

Executive Order

On February 26, 2010 President Obama signed an executive order renewing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

At the event, held in the East Room of the White House, the President spoke about the importance of the Nation’s 105 HBCUs, which serve more than 300,000 students.

Watch the President’s remarks below. Read a blog post about the event. See the press release and the executive order.

The Affordable Care Act is Working

Affordability, Access, Quality

A new wave of powerful evidence points to one clear conclusion: The Affordable Care Act is working to make health care more affordable, accessible and of a higher quality, for families, seniors, businesses, and taxpayers alike.  This includes previously uninsured Americans, and Americans who had insurance that didn’t provide them adequate coverage and security.

Affordability

The Affordable Care Act is making Health Care more affordable for …

Consumers

  • The health care law is making a difference to families as they sit around their kitchen table and work out a family budget.
  • Nearly 2 in 3 newly covered consumers who went to the doctor or filled a prescription said they would not have been able to afford or access those services
  • American consumers have saved $9 billion dollars since 2011

Families

  • received an average rebate of $80
  • On the new Health Insurance Marketplace, insurance companies are finally competing for consumers’ business – and consumers are winning: Nearly 7 in 10 consumers who selected plans with tax credits through the federal Marketplace during Open Enrollment got covered for $100 a month or less.
  • Millions of Americans can finally get preventive services such as vaccines, cancer screenings, and yearly wellness visits,
  • Millions of families have real financial security because insurance companies can no longer deny them coverage because of a pre-existing condition or because they reach an annual or lifetime limit in coverage.  Insurance companies must include things like ambulance care and hospital stays in their coverage.  And being a woman is no longer a pre-existing condition.
  • Millions of Americans signed up for private health insurance coverage
  • Additionally, 7 million more individuals enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), compared to average enrollment from July through September 2013. Americans have the option of signing up for Medicaid and CHIP year round.
  • Many were able to get covered because they live in states that expanded Medicaid.
  • Just recently, the New England Journal of Medicine found that 3 million uninsured Americans have gotten covered thanks to the law.
  • Millions of young adults have gotten covered on their parent’s plan, because the law says they can now do so until they turn 26.

Quality

  • It’s not just that Americans are finally getting covered – it’s how they’re getting covered: with higher quality
  • The Affordable Care Act is reforming the way we receive care in this country.
  • Americans express satisfaction with the coverage they are receiving.
  • Americans finally have real choices.

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Children

Ten Ways to Promote New Insurance Opportunities:

Back to School:

Educators

Ten Ways to Promote New Insurance Opportunities:

Affordable Care Act:

Special enrollment period for young adults: https://www.healthcare.gov/can-i-keep-my-child-on-my-insurance-until-age-26/

Information for College Students:

https://www.healthcare.gov/if-i-m-a-college-student-what-do-i-need-to-know-about-the-marketplace/