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Obama Says He'll Visit the City With the Most ACA Sign-Ups
President Obama has targeted the 20 cities with the most uninsured people eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to boost those numbers in a “Healthy Communities Challenge” campaign.
According to USA Today, the White House is rolling out the new strategy to raise participation above the elusive 10 million mark at the beginning of the third year of open enrollment in the public health insurance exchanges created under the ACA. Nationwide, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates there are 10.5 million uninsured people eligible for marketplace coverage who haven't signed up.
Obama said November 7 that the city with the most sign-ups will get bragging rights — and a presidential visit.
"If you live in one of the 20 cities participating in our Healthy Communities Challenge, I want to see how many of your neighbors you can get signed up," Obama said in his weekly radio address. "I’ll come visit the city that enrolls the highest percentage of folks who aren’t covered right now. That’s a promise."
Open enrollment for the exchanges began last week. Consumers must sign up by December 15 in order to be covered beginning January 1, 2016, but the White House will consider new sign-ups through the end of open enrollment in January, said White House spokeswoman Katie Hill.
Participating cities are Atlanta; Milwaukee; Charlotte; Nashville; Chicago; New Orleans; Dallas; Oakland, California; Denver; Philadelphia; Detroit; Phoenix; Great Falls, Montana; Richmond, Virginia; Kansas City, Missouri; Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Long Beach, California; and Tampa, Florida.
Source: USA Today, November 9, 2015.