Dr Ravi Kolli, president of the American Association of the Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) represented the largest ethnic medical organization in the United States at the 13th anniversary celebrations of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the White House in Washington, DC.
Quoting statistics, Dr Kolli who praised the current administration for its efforts to provide millions with affordable health benefits pointed out, “During 2023 open enrollment, a record high of 16.4 million people signed up, with 4.4 million more people enrolled for health insurance since 2021. A new Health and Human Services(HHS) report shows more than 40 million people are currently enrolled in marketplace or Medicaid expansion coverage related to provisions of the ACA-- the highest total on record.”
“It was such a privilege and an honour to be at the White House representing AAPI, to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act,” the physician remarked.
He further thanked the Biden administration for the open enrollment outreach that was tailored to reach audiences that experience lower access to health care including Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, African Americans, Spanish and English-speaking Latinos.
According to a AAPI news release, the President shared his administration's progress in advancing health care policy through the Act and highlighted recent moves by several pharmaceutical companies to cap the price of insulin.
The landmark Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was signed into law in 2010. It aimed to provide affordable health insurance coverage for all Americans and was also designed to protect consumers from insurance company tactics that might drive up patient costs or restrict care, the release noted.
Several healthcare professionals, industry leaders, and heads of federal agencies, along with Vice President Kamala Harris, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi marked the 13th anniversary of the passage of ACA in the same room where the ex-President of the United States Barack Obama signed into law the historic Act benefitting millions.