Our Issues: Access to Health Care
Affordable Care Act-Enrollment Begins October 1!
As a Champion for Coverage, we are thrilled that Obamacare is under way. Starting October 1st, many uninsured Latinas and their families will be able to get affordable, quality health care they need. Latinas will now have the ability to find health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. All plans on the Marketplace will have to cover basic health care, including doctor visits, prenatal and maternity care, emergency room visits, hospitalizations, mental health, preventive health services, and prescription drugs. To find out what is covered click here: What does the Marketplace Health Insurance Cover?
Enrollment in the Marketplace begins October 1st and ends March 31st, 2014. Moderate and low-income Latinas may be eligible for financial help that will make buying health insurance plans in the Marketplace affordable. If you don’t have insurance and don’t enroll by March 31st, 2014, you will have to wait until the next enrollment period to sign up.
To find out more about how you can enroll, please check out the following resources:
You may also get help finding a health plan over the phone by calling:
Marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596.
They are open 24/7 and will have interpreters in multiple languages available to assist you.
More Resources on How to Enroll:
Health Equity and Accountability Act
The Health Equity and Accountability Act (HEAA), a principled, strategic, and comprehensive bill to reduce ethnic and racial health disparities and achieve health equity, has been introduced in every Congress since 2003 by the Congressional Tri-Caucus, which is comprised of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Chair of the Healthcare Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, plans to re-introduce the Health Equity and Accountability Act to the 113thCongress.
For more information about the Health Equity and Accountability Act and the HEAA Community Working Group, visit http://latinainstitute.org/Health-Equity-and-Accountability-Act