Sending Office: Honorable Lisa Blunt Rochester
Cosponsors: Kathy Castor, Lucy McBath, Daniel Kildee, Frank Pallone, Anna Eshoo, Peter Welch, Jan Schakowsky, Ben Ray Lujan, Bobby Rush, Doris Matsui, Kurt Schrader, Jefferson Van Drew, Yvette Clarke, Betty McCollum, Terri Sewell, Donald
Payne, Jr., Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.
Organizations Supporting: The Asian and Pacific Islander Health Forum, Young Invincibles, American Hospital Association, AARP, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Women Heart, American Lung Association
May 9, 2019
I write to ask you to cosponsor H.R. 987, the Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower (MORE) Health Education Act of 2019, which would restore full funding for outreach and education activities related to the marketplace open enrollment periods under
the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Under the Trump administration, the budget for marketing and outreach has been slashed by 90 percent. Only $10 million is now designated for annual ACA open enrollment outreach and education activities that were previously funded at $100 million per year.
Providing information about the open enrollment period helps Americans understand their options among the qualified health plans on the exchanges, and how and when to sign up for coverage. According to studies from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Commonwealth
Fund, only one in four Americans who were either uninsured or utilized the individual market were aware of the December 15th enrollment deadline, and only 40% of uninsured adults were even aware of the marketplaces. When we help educate Americans about when
they can enroll and what their options are, we can help more people get covered, create a better risk pool, bring down high premium costs, and get one step closer to stabilizing the individual marketplace.
The MORE Health Education Act provides $100 million per year to fund the ACA’s outreach and education activities and requires these activities be delivered in a culturally- and linguistically-appropriate manner, so that all Americans can understand how to
access quality, comprehensive health coverage.
Lisa Blunt Rochester
Member of Congress
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