The Root Recognizes: Volunteer De’Von Cross Helps Uninsured Get to the Finish Line

The Bama Covered volunteer on his efforts to enroll people in an Affordable Care Act health care plan before the March 31 deadline.

De'Von Cross

“We’re here to enroll as many people as possible before the March 31 deadline,” De’Von explains. “It’s about people, not politics.”

De’Von’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was 6 years old. Her diagnosis and treatment regimen exposed him to the intricacies of the health care system at a tender age, and fueled his interest in health care accessibility and affordability. De’Von will start Morehouse College in the fall with plans to major in biology and neuroscience, a great premed palette for his aspirations to become a neurosurgeon.

“I want to make sure that those who are insured are uninsured by choice, and not because of a lack of knowledge.”

Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features expert advice for TV and film’s most complex characters. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.