Over the past year the Carlos Rosario School hosted a number of events to inform students and community members about affordable healthcare options and through joint efforts sign people up for health insurance.
Through these efforts we helped more than 300 people get health insurance, prompting Vice President Joe Biden to make a surprise visit to the school on the last day for healthcare sign ups in April. The Vice President commended the School and our partner the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for the work.
During his visit, Vice President Biden told those waiting to enroll, “You are doing the right thing. It’s good for everybody.”
Carlos Rosario School President and Founder, Sonia Gutierrez said, “We were pleased to welcome Vice President Biden to the School to see the outstanding work being done here to help minorities access health care through the Affordable Care Act.”
In March students from the Carlos Rosario School Nurse Aide Career Training Program and citizenship class attended a town hall meeting where President Barack Obama discussed the role of Latinos around the country in the new healthcare legislation. And in October Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton hosted a town hall meeting at the School to share information with the more than 350 students and staff in attendance.
“We saw a ripple effect take place. A student enrolled with DC Health Link, and then went home and brought back her family members and neighbors to enroll,” said Allison R. Kokkoros, Acting President. “We are so grateful to the DC Health Link team, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and our partner organizations who went all out to enroll every DC resident who needs health care.”