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The deadline to register for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is Dec. 15. With a new presidential administration set to take over in 2017, millions of people across the nation are wondering about the future of health care in America.

During a recent press call,  members of the Department of Health and Human Services shared important information about the  Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act and the Trump administration:

“Insurers have said that when people sign up for 2017 coverage, they consider that a contract. We’ve also heard members of Congress, issuers, and the president-elect say that they don’t want to disrupt coverage next year. First, for consumers who want and need coverage for 2017, my message is simple. Visit healthcare.gov and check out your options and don’t let the current political debate keep you from getting covered. Insurers have said that when people sign up for 2017 coverage, they consider that a contract. We’ve also heard members of Congress, issuers, and the president-elect say that they don’t want to disrupt coverage next year.” –Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Options for signing up for healthcare: 

“Open enrollment runs through Jan. 31. But if people want to start their coverage on Jan. 1, 2017, they need to enroll by Thursday, Dec. 15.”  –Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Minority coverage under the Affordable Care Act

“Twenty million more Americans have coverage thanks to the law. And that includes about four million Hispanic adults, million African-American adults, and one million Asian-American and Pacific Islander adults. And as a result, the uninsured rate for Hispanics has dropped by more than a quarter. It’s dropped by more than half for African-Americans and for Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.” –Sylvia Mathews Burwell

“The ACA has cut the uninsured rate of African-Americans by 50 percent. Resulting in about three million more African-Americans who now have access to affordable health insurance.” –Nadine Gracia

Kids and the Affordable Care Act: 

“Our efforts are very focused on open enrollment to ensure that people have access to information to know that coverage is available, that it’s affordable. And that most people can actually get coverage, kids can find plans for $75 or less per month after tax credits.” –Nadine Gracia

Obtaining coverage that is affordable to your budget: 

“We want to make sure everyone knows that financial help is available to make the coverage more affordable. In fact, most current marketplace consumers can buy a plan for $75 or less a month in premiums after tax credits. And nearly 85 percent of consumers shopping on the marketplace are eligible for financial assistance.” –Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Dec. 15 is the deadline to sign-up for ACA for coverage that starts Jan. 1. Please visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 and speak with someone over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English or in Spanish at 1-800-318-2596.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.