College Campuses Join Effort for Open Enrollment


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The current period of Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is currently underway and ends on January 31, 2017. Established by the Affordable Care Act, the Marketplaces allow individuals to shop for and compare healthcare plans that meet their needs. Over one million people have already selected plans since Open Enrollment began on November 1.

In an effort to continue the momentum in an additional area, launched the White House Healthy Campus Challenge in an effort to engage college and university campuses to help get more college students and young people obtain coverage.

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Over 350 campuses from all across the country agreed to take part in the challenge, committing to a host of activities to increase enrollment in healthcare plans for students. These include in-person enrollment events, sending reminder emails about important deadlines, and utilizing social media to spread the message during Open Enrollment.

Latinos have been one of the groups that have benefited the most from the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2015, an estimated 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos qualified for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since the passing of the ACA, 4.2 million Latinos have gained health insurance coverage, lowering the uninsured rate among Latinos by 7.7%.

As more and more Latinos are enrolling in community colleges and four-year universities, this program is doubly important.

Read more about the initiative here.

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