From health coverage to financial capability, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council helps Chicago families achieve their American dream.
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By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS
Community-based organizations (CBOs) have played a crucial role in consumer education outreach and enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to these efforts, over 20 million Americans—including four million Latino adults and more than 600,000 Latino children—have access to the individual Marketplace and other coverage options such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
More than two months have passed since Congress failed to meet the September 30 deadline to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Last year, CHIP insured nearly nine million children, including a significant number of Latino children.
If Congress fails to act soon and reauthorize CHIP funding, millions of our nation’s children stand to lose their health coverage.
North Carolina Youth Hold Vigil Outside Courthouse to Demand DREAM Act Now
All photos courtesy of El Pueblo
By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS
Last week, youth in Raleigh, North Carolina organized a rally outside of a courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest the lack of progress there has been on relief for the nearly 800,000 DREAMers who came to the United States when they were children.
“They made a casket with the word Dreams written on it, and at the end of the vigil, we opened the casket and white balloons were released symbolizing that we will not allow our dreams to die,” recalled Miguel Figueras, Youth Program Coordinator at El Pueblo, Inc., an UnidosUS Affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.
This Friday, December 15, is the deadline to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Folks in the 39 states that use the federal website, healthcare.gov, must enroll in health coverage by the end of Open Enrollment this Friday, or will likely have to pay a fine at tax time.
10 questions and answers about the Open Enrollment 2018 period for the Affordable Care Act that ends on December 15.
Q: Has the Affordable Care Act (ACA) been repealed?
A: No. The ACA remains the law of the land. As in previous years, financial help to lower the cost of health coverage and care for those purchasing an ACA marketplace plan is available for those who qualify.
The energy was high in Mr. Hernandez’s civics and government class at Houston Gateway Academy as the teacher begin to lead his students in a new lesson from the UnidosUS High School Democracy Project. On this day, the class focused on the requirements for and the importance of voting in local, state, and national elections.
The High School Democracy Project works with schools across the country to help prepare teachers and administrators to register eligible youth to vote. UnidosUS believes it is vital to make voter education, awareness, and registration an integral part of every high school senior’s experience.
Open enrollment ends on December 15. To allow yourself enough time to understand and carefully select the best plan to meet your health care and budget needs, don’t delay and sign up today!
By Shelby Gonzales, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
As 2017 winds down, consumers are preparing for the start of a new health plan coverage year. Despite insurance prices rising, 8 in 10 people who purchase health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace can enroll in a plan that costs less than $75 per month after accounting for the federal premium tax credits that help those who qualify pay their premiums. And, 4.5 million people can sign up for health plans at no monthly cost.
Whether Kenneth Marcus knows it or not, the position he would take on must enforce all civil rights protections and advocate for kids and families no matter their immigration status.
By Rebeca Shackleford, Education Policy Analyst, UnidosUS
Next week, the Senate will vote to confirm the next assistant secretary for the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education. The high-level position focuses on protecting each child’s civil rights in our nation’s public schools.
But during his nomination hearing on Tuesday, nominee Kenneth Marcus wouldn’t commit to protecting undocumented children.
“If they won’t let us dream, we won’t let them sleep!” activists chanted yesterday on the steps of the Supreme Court as they demanded Congress pass a DREAM Act now to help the nearly 800,000 young people who came to the United States as children.
The Trump administration’s arbitrary and cruel decision to “wind down” the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program has put the lives of thousands of young people in jeopardy.
And now as Congress has failed to act to provide relief for DREAMers, every day 122 people are losing their chance to pursue their education, have a shot at their dream job, or just provide for their families.
Clarissa Martinez-de-Castro, Deputy Vice President in the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, joined UnidosUS staff and partners at the rally in Washington along with thousands of other activists from around the country.
We need your help to put a stop to the Trump administration and congressional Republican leadership’s current anti-child agenda. Watch the videos below and stand with us to protect our children by joining the UnidosUS Action Network: protectourfuture.us.