On September 27, 2016, the White House  launched the Healthy Campus Challenge. This Challenge aims to engage college and university campuses, and in particular community college campuses, across the country in health insurance enrollment efforts. They will work with administrators, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community leaders and elected officials to reach the uninsured both on campus and in the surrounding community, sharing best practices with them that have worked during prior open enrollment periods.

TDC encourages participation in the 2016 White House Healthy Campus Challenge which builds on the successful 2015 White House Healthy Communities Challenge, in which Milwaukee – the challenge winner – saw about 38,000 people newly select a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the open enrollment period.

To participate, campuses should submit an application HERE by November 1, 2016, TODAY, committing to fulfill a specific set of Open Enrollment outreach actions. Throughout open enrollment, the White House (@WhiteHouse), the Department of Health and Human Services (@HHSgov), and the Department of Education (@USEdGov) will amplify and highlight the efforts of participating campuses across the country to reach the uninsured, especially young people on their campuses. Additionally, each participating campus will be connected with a White House point of contact (POC) to provide technical assistance as they engage in actions to reach people on their campus and in their broader community.

On or after December 15th – the deadline for Marketplace coverage starting January 1st – participating campuses will confirm that they have taken all Challenge actions with their White House POC. Once campuses verify that they have completed all actions, they will be deemed a White House Healthy Campus. They will be recognized with a certificate signed by the President and will be entered into a lottery for a chance to be recognized during Healthy Campus Day at the White House in January.  For more information, please visit the website.