Enroll America Statement on the State of the Union Address

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Anne Filipic, President of Enroll America, issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:

“Tonight, in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama made clear that the Affordable Care Act is working, and that the law is here to stay. As enrollment continues to rise and the uninsured rate continues to fall, every day it becomes more clear that the Affordable Care Act is one of the most significant expansions of health coverage in our country’s history.

“One of the major reasons the Affordable Care Act has been so successful is thanks to the dedication of community leaders who are working hard to make sure their friends and neighbors are covered. We’re thrilled that the First Lady has invited one of those leaders, Cedric Rowland, lead navigator for Near North Health Services Corporation, to the State of the Union as one of her honored guests. As an in-person assister in Chicago, Cedric works hard every day to help his community understand the health coverage options available to them. Enroll America proudly partners with Cedric and Near North, and they are an active part of our Get Covered Academy program, which equips local organizations with the tools and training they need to maximize their outreach and enrollment reach in their community. Assister organizations like Near North are absolutely critical to enrollment success. When consumers receive in-person help from an assister like Cedric, they are significantly more likely to successfully enroll. And because seven out of 10 remaining uninsured individuals want one-on-one help understanding their insurance options, in-person assisters will remain an important part of this work for years to come.

“From community to community, we see the dedication of people like Cedric and all of our partners in helping to make enrollment a way of life, so that every American has the chance to lead a healthier, more secure life.”


About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 6,700 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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