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NACDS partakes in White House event honoring ACA efforts
May 5th, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – Representatives from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores were invited to a White House reception held to thank those who helped in the transition to the new health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama thanks attendees for their assistance in the launch of the health insurance exchanges.
NACDS said Monday that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended the May 1 event.
The president and first lady recognized the efforts of a wide-ranging group health care stakeholders — ranging from community leaders and elected officials to pharmacies, consumer groups and celebrities — who facilitated the enrollment of Americans in health plans via the Health Insurance Marketplace and state exchanges and helped provide information out about consumers' health care options.
Despite technical glitches in getting the federal exchange, HealthCare.gov, and some of the state exchanges running smoothly, more than 7 million people enrolled in health insurance plans — leading President Obama to declare the implementation of the ACA a success.
NACDS noted that in the weeks leading up to Jan. 1, 2014, when the new health coverage would go into effect, the association and its member companies worked closely with the Obama administration to "war room" and to address potential obstacles for the newly insured and for those adjusting to new coverage.
The association added that late last year it also participated in White House meetings and calls to help coordinate amid the changing health care landscape.
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