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Bob Buckhorn's health care access initiative gets a shout-out from President Obama



President Barack Obama on Thursday praised Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn for opening the city's nine busiest recreation centers to residents seeking help siging up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

"In Tampa, Mayor Bob Buckhorn has gone in his words, 'all in,' in helping his constituents get covered with quality affordable health insurance," Obama said. The president's remarks came during a White House meeting with mayors in Washington for the 82nd U.S. Conference of Mayors' winter meeting, at which Buckhorn spoke about the value of using social media at City Hall.

Obama also singled out mayors Greg Stanton of Phoenix and Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City for work helping homeless veterans; Julian Castro of San Antonio for child education initiatives; Ashley Swearengin of Fresno for downtown investment in rail; and Michael Nutter of Philadelphia for summer job creation. Click here for video of Obama's remarks. He mentions Buckhorn at about 4:24 into the video.

Tampa officials say navigators will be available from 4 to 7 p.m. on the following schedule through the Obamacare enrollment deadline of March 31:

•  Springhill Center, 1000 E Eskimo Ave. on Mondays.

•  Loretta Ingraham Center, 1615 N Hubert Ave. on Tuesdays.

•  Jackson Heights Center, 3310 E Lake Ave. on Tuesdays.

•  Hunt Center at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. on Wednesdays.

•  Gwen Miller Center, 6410 N 32nd St. on Wednesdays.

•  Forest Hills Center, 724 W 109th Ave. on Thursdays.

•  Cyrus Greene Center, 2101 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. on Thursdays.

•  Port Tampa Center, 4702 W McCoy St. on Thursdays.

•  Copeland Park Center, 11001 N 15th St. on Fridays.


[Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:09am]


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