Why Community Colleges Should Care about Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the new health reform law known commonly as “Obamacare,” will expand health coverage to millions of Americans, including students. New forms of coverage are already available to many students, and millions more will be eligible for free or affordable health coverage starting in 2014.
The need for this coverage is great. Today, 16 percent of all U.S. residents do not have health insurance, while 27 percent aged 18-34 are uninsured. According to a recent study on college completion, 69 percent of students who did not graduate said that having health insurance would have helped them “a lot” in getting a degree.
Unfortunately, more than three-quarters of uninsured adults are unaware of their new options for health coverage under ACA. We hope you will work with us to ensure students are aware of and can access the benefits of health care reform.
Please join CLASP for a webinar and conversation with Enroll America and Young Invincibles, two leading organizations raising awareness about the potential impact of ACA on community college students across the country. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 19, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm EDT.
On the webinar, you will learn about:
This webinar is being presented in conjunction with Benefits Access for College Completion, a three year initiative testing innovative approaches to increase the number of students who earn postsecondary credentials. BACC will help low-income students connect to coordinated income supports including health coverage, childcare subsidies and food assistance. It is funded by the Ford Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and the Annie E Casey Foundation.
We sincerely hope you will join us for the webinar on June 19. Thanks!