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July 11, 2013

Greater Emphasis on Women’s Enrollment Necessary in Affordable Care Act Public Education Efforts

Statement of Ms. Foundation President and CEO Anika Rahman

“Yesterday’s announcement of a joint campaign by Walgreens and Blue Cross Blue Shield to educate the public about provisions in the Affordable Care Act underscores the need to counter negative campaigns that are discouraging eligible people from signing up. Clearly, there is urgent need for public education to correct the misinformation being waged by opponents of the law.

“In particular, we need national and grassroots efforts that reach out to women and people of color who face enormous health care disparities and stand to benefit most from participation in the new health care exchanges. And we need to hold industry-led campaigns accountable to providing accurate information and conducting meaningful outreach to women and people of color – and hold insurance companies accountable to ensuring access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services. We need to make the Affordable Care Act work for all – regardless of sex, race or class. ”



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