Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
February 24, 2014 - Lisa Klesges, dean of the School of Public Health at the University
of Memphis, recently attended a White House meeting to discuss opportunities for increasing
enrollment in health coverage provided by the Affordable Care Act, particularly among
the homeless and those in federal housing.
Klesges was part of a group of about 50 community leaders invited to the White House
by Paulette Aniskoff, deputy assistant to President Obama and director of the Office
of Public Engagement, for "New Opportunities for Enrollment in Health Care Coverage:
An Event for Housing and Homelessness Stakeholders." The goal of the meeting was to
discuss methods to increase enrollment before the deadline of March 31 in order to
protect those without insurance from high medical expenses and to improve their access
to more coordinated and preventive care.
"It was an honor to represent Tennessee and participate in this important discussion
to find ways to increase enrollment in health coverage provided by the Affordable
Care Act, particularly among the homeless and those in federal housing," said Klesges.
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development created an opportunity for local leaders from various states
to come together at the White House to learn about successes in other communities,
and garner effective approaches that could be disseminated to other areas."
The Heath Care Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act helps uninsured individuals
find coverage. "The community will benefit because when someone cannot pay for their
medical bills, others pay the price through higher premiums or higher costs of care,"