The head of a local Arkansas health organization adamantly denied Wednesday that her group awarded students condoms as "prizes" for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act at a university event last weekend.
A video uploaded online shows a Living Affected Corporation representative hand out condoms during an event aimed at enrolling students in the Affordable Care Act. (Image source: Screen grab via YouTube)
Diedra Levi, CEO of the Living Affected Corporation, told TheBlaze that a representative from her organization did provide condoms to students during an event aimed at enrolling them in President Barack Obama's signature health care program, but insisted they were not "prizes" as one report claimed Wednesday.
"The two have nothing to do with each other," she said, noting video posted online only shows a small portion of the roughly 90-minute program at the University of Central Arkansas.
Instead, Levi said, her representative spent the vast majority of time informing students about how to sign up for insurance and only offered the condoms to fulfill another one of the organization's objectives aimed at "HIV prevention."
"The employee that was giving the presentation had kind of built a report with others and was just joking at the end about what we do, which had nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act, and she talked about the condoms," she said. "For example, we have probably distributed about 60,000 condoms this year ... the two did not really go together."
A report published online Wednesday was accompanied by video showing an unidentified Living Affected Corporation representative appearing to give away free condoms alongside health insurance applications.
"OK, if anyone wants a paper application—," she says, before picking up condoms that had fallen on the ground, "I have those as well."
Living Affected Corporation officially started helping enroll individuals in the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1 and will continue doing so until March 31, Levi said.
Levi added her organization was invited to campus by an LGBT club.
A university spokesperson told TheBlaze that, judging by video, the event appears to have taken place in the school's College of Business auditorium. The school declined to comment further.
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