In the almost six years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, we’ve seen rapid change in the health insurance landscape in America. As the coverage provisions of the ACA have taken effect, nearly 18 million Americans have gained access to quality and affordable care. That means that since 2010 we’ve reduced the uninsured rate by 45%. And for the first time, we live in a country where more than 90% of our fellow Americans have health insurance. People are no longer denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, young people can stay on their parents’ plan until age 26, and we’ve helped to improve the quality and affordability of health care for millions of Americans.
The change in the uninsured rate doesn’t yet account for the incredible work of individuals across the country during this third open enrollment period which just ended on January 31. In fact, just a few hours ago, the President announced that nearly 13 million individuals selected a plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace since November, including over 4 million new customers.
To honor the incredible work of individuals over the course of not just the third open enrollment period, but the last six years, we want to honor Champions of Change who have worked tirelessly to ensure that individuals in their community are benefitting from all aspects of the Affordable Care Act. We’re searching for Americans who have distinguished themselves by raising awareness about the provisions of the ACA; helped members of their community access quality, affordable health insurance; and helped improve the quality of care for all Americans.
The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. Follow the conversation and spread the word using #WHChamps.
Nominees may include:
Click the link below to submit your nominations. Nominations are due by midnight on Thursday, February 18th.
We look forward to hearing your stories and sharing the outstanding work that individuals and organizations are doing to make sure every American has access to quality and affordable coverage.