Phoenix Joins “Healthy Communities Challenge” (Climate of Health)

Phoenix is one of 20 cities in the new “Healthy Communities Challenge.” The campaign, designed by the White House, is targeting communities across the country with the highest rates of uninsured people.

From KTAR News:

The goal of the program is to improve outreach efforts between the local government and uninsured citizens and help those citizens gain coverage.

The story goes on to say there are almost 200,000 uninsured people on the Phoenix area who are eligible for marketplace coverage but who haven’t signed up. According to a White House news release, Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton has “embraced the Healthy Communities Challenge.”

CBS News released a video from President Obama talking about the challenge and about what the winning city will receive.

“I’ll come visit the city that enrolls the highest percentage of folks who aren’t covered right now,” the President said, ” that’s a promise.”

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The “Healthy Communities Challenge” comes at a time when when the Affordable Care Act is again under fire. Critics claim the cost of many health plans is rising this year and the Supreme Court has just agreed to hear another ACA case.

So….what do you think? Is this competition good for Arizona? Will it help improve health in our state? Your input is key to our goal of one day making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!

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