Alice (Laughlin) Kitchen, (MSW ’72) is among 10 “Champions of Change” honored recently by the White House for dedication to improving access to health care. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
“Thanks to the people attending today’s event, Americans across the country are learning more about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and getting the health care they need,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Kitchen is the Volunteer Co-Chair of the Affordable Care Act Public Education Committee for the Metropolitan Kansas City MO/KS) area. She helped to coordinate more than 35 presentations on the Affordable Care Act reaching from 10 to 90 individuals in each setting. These ACA education sessions were targeted to seniors, women's groups, churches, trade groups, small businesses, as well as health professionals. She has connected local health care advocacy groups to public library system, television, radio, and news organizations resulting in coverage to readers and viewers in the metro market. Kitchen is active in the passage of federal level COBRA, HIPPA, and at the state level-Missouri SB 190, HB 595, HB 623 and Kansas SB on health insurance coverage for midlife women.
For more info on the Affordable Care Act Champions of Change, go to: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions/affordable-care-act