First Obamacare Outreach Contest Winner To Be Announced

A Massachusetts college student will be annonced Thursday as the first winner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Obamacare outreach contest.

JasonĀ Girouard, an 18-year-old student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will be the early bird winner for the contest, started last month by HHS as a way of promoting the health care reform law to young adults. He will be awarded $1,500 in prize money, which HHS says he plans to use to pay for college.

As the contest requires, Girouard explains in his video why young, healthy adults — 2.7 million of whom the White House hopes to sign up for health coverage in 2014 — still need insurance.

The deadline for early bird submissions was Sept. 2. The final deadline for the contest is Sept. 23.

Girouard’s video is below.