Media Room
University of Memphis Photo

Facts at a Glance
Experts List/Speakers Bureau
University Logos
Key Administrators

University Events
Events Calendar
Athletics Calendar
Alumni Upcoming Events
Music Performance Calendar

Communications Services
303 Administration Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: 901/678-2843
Fax: 901/678-3607
e-mail: prnews@memphis.edu

 

SPH Dean Attends White House Meeting to Boost Enrollment in Health Care Coverage

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
901-678-2843
gmaxey@memphis.edu


Lisa KlegesFebruary 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," said Klesges.

Text Only | Print | Got a Question? Ask TOM | Contact Us | Memphis, TN 38152 | 901/678-2000 | Copyright 2014 University of Memphis | Important Notice | Last Updated: 
Last Updated: 2/27/14