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The First Lady Encourages Military Families to Get Covered

First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged veterans and their families to ensure that they have health insurance.

Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the White House Blog. See the original post here.

Today, as part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Google+ Hangout to provide uninsured veterans, their family members, caregivers, and advocates information about health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, First Lady Michelle Obama encouraged uninsured veterans who are not eligible for coverage by the VA and their families to sign up for health care in advance of the March 31 deadline.

"The deadline for signing up is March 31st. So talk to your friends, your family, your neighbors … send them to the website right now, and keep on them until they sign up. Because all Americans deserve the security of knowing that you’ll have health care when you need it – especially families like yours who have already given so much to this country," said the First Lady.

The Affordable Care Act helps honor our commitment to veterans by strengthening affordable health care options for their families. "The last thing our veteran families need is the stress of worrying that one accident or illness could mean losing everything you’ve worked so hard for," said the First Lady. "But thanks to the Affordable Care Act, that weight is being lifted."

If you don't already have health insurance, as of today, there are just 17 days left to enroll in health care coverage at before open enrollment ends on March 31. At you can compare your options based on price, benefits, quality, and other features, and enroll in a plan that fits your needs and your budget.

Kasie Coccaro is Associate Director of Online Outreach for the White House Office of Digital Strategy.