Enroll America Statement on 17.6 Million Uninsured Gaining Health Coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today, Anne Filipic, President of Enroll America, issued the following statement regarding the new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reporting 17.6 million uninsured Americans have gained health coverage:

“We’re thrilled that 17.6 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage thanks in large part to the Affordable Care Act, which has fulfilled its promise of expanding health coverage for millions across the country. It’s especially encouraging to see significant declines in the uninsured rate among African-Americans and Latinos, an important step towards eliminating the historic disparities in access to health coverage between communities of color and their white counterparts. This report makes clear yet again that the Affordable Care Act is working for millions of American families.

“While we’re pleased that the law is working exactly as intended, we know there is still much to be done. According to HHS data, there are 10.5 million Americans eligible for Marketplace coverage, in addition to those who have coverage and need the facts about how to keep it. That’s why we’re working hard with our thousands of partners to reach consumers with the information and tools they need to enroll in and retain health coverage as we approach the third open enrollment period beginning November 1. And by making enrollment a way of life in communities across the country, we can make the success we’ve seen permanent.”

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Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge tools, analyze data, inform policy, and share best practices in service of its mission: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

The Get Covered America campaign was created in 2013 to inform millions of eligible consumers about their new health insurance options, and has been tested, refined, and proven successful through two enrollment cycles. Get Covered America programs and tools are now being utilized by partners in enrollment efforts nationwide, supported by more than 100 Enroll America staff working both nationally and on-the-ground in targeted communities across the country.

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