“I'll be working with all of you.
But my voice will be less important than the voices of those who will be directly affected. So I would urge everyone to make your voice heard. Now is the time to do it.”
—President Barack Obama,
Vox Media Interview,
January 6, 2017
Three of the six women running the Indivisible ACA Signup Project (Project) were guests of Vox Media for that January 6, 2017, interview. But no one person took those words more to heart than group founder Rhonda Henry.
The current Administration has slashed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment Period for 2018 from 90 to 45 days. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced that the website used for enrollment in 39 states across the country will be shut down for 12 hours (12 am to 12 pm ET) during all but one Sunday (12/10/17) during the upcoming open enrollment season. The HHS has also reduced the advertising budget for open enrollment by 90%, and will cut back on grants for navigators who help people sign up for a health plan by about 40%. These steps pose a real threat to the chances of enrollment for the young, healthy, and underserved populations of the country.
Raise awareness of the Open Enrollment Period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at state and national levels utilizing our recognizable, branded graphics and social media platforms (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Thunderclap)
Support local and regional outreach through state working groups
Design a toolkit to assist volunteers with their outreach efforts
Develop a website to provide information and resources for those who want to enroll for health insurance under the ACA for coverage in 2018 (and hopefully, beyond)
Karen quit the rat race and moved to North Carolina to be the nanny to her first granddaughter, whose father is in the military. A breast cancer survivor and now self-employed, she needs the ACA. As a hippie and a connector, Karen helps mobilize the movement in a free-spirited manner which is centered around advocating for the underprivileged. She's a Reiki Master and Crystal Healer.
Karen is our Membership Coordinator, and is also the state group leader for the North Carolina working group.
Miranda has worn many hats, worked many jobs, stirred many pots - though in each field her role could best be described as educator. She was obsessed with having benefits due to a preexisting condition diagnosed in high school, until she lost employer-based benefits and had to go without for over 6 years - something no one should ever have to experience in the 21st century. She fell into advocacy when the IL Co-Op failed, leading to the formation of ACA Consumer Advocacy, where she fortuitously met Rhonda and Tracy, Shaina, and Nina - beloved fellow windmill tilters.
Miranda is a member of the Project's Steering Committee.
Nina is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is thankful that the Affordable Care Act allows her to work in her dream job at a small business and maintain comprehensive affordable insurance despite a preexisting health condition. She is passionate about ensuring everyone has access to affordable comprehensive healthcare, including mental healthcare, without lifetime limits.
Nina is the Director of State Leadership for the Project.
Rhonda Henry is a massage therapist in Washington state and lead organizer and Founder of the Indivisible ACA Signup Project, and is also a member of our Steering Committee.
As a self-employed person who buys her health insurance on the Washington state exchange, the ongoing challenges to the Affordable Care Act hit close to home. She became involved in advocacy work for the ACA, and after months spent creating and managing the Saving Affordable Health Insurance group on Facebook – Rhonda leveraged her existing social media contacts to help establish the Indivisible ACA Signup Project.
In her so-called spare time, she gardens, waltzes, drinks tea and caters to the merciless demands of her cats.
Shaina is eternally grateful for access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance afforded to her by the Affordable Care Act, and the flexibility it provides to practice law outside of a brick and mortar firm.
While brought kicking and screaming to the world of social media, Shaina cares deeply about and advocates for access to accurate information--particularly on matters impacting the most vulnerable. She was moved by Rhonda's vision for the Project, and believes in its power as a means to that end. “To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.” Timothy Snyder (2017). On Tyranny.
Shaina is a member of the Project's Steering Committee.
Tracy has been enjoying the ACA provisions of her husband's employer sponsored healthcare since 2013, when he was diagnosed with B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. When she's not writing and calling her MOCs or singing the praises of Thunderclap campaigns on Twitter, she ekes out a living as an independent marketing consultant. #ClickTheLink and #ICouldHaveUsedThe280Characters@Jack
Tracy is a member of the Project's Steering Committee.