UnidosUS Affiliate Helps Families Achieve Financial Health

From health coverage to financial capability, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council helps Chicago families achieve their American dream.

Financial capability | Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Photo: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

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.

And their efforts are more important than ever.

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Congress’ Continued Failure to Act on CHIP Puts Our Children’s Health at Risk

CHIPMore 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.

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‘We Will Not Allow Our Dreams to Die’

North Carolina Youth Hold Vigil Outside Courthouse to Demand DREAM Act Now

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.

Scroll down to see more photos and a video.

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The December 15 Deadline to Enroll in Health Coverage is Almost Here!

Health Care - Open Enrollment DeadlineThis 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.

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We Answer Your Questions about Enrolling in the Affordable Care Act

10 questions and answers about the Open Enrollment 2018 period for the Affordable Care Act that ends on December 15.

2018 Open Enrollment

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.

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The Gift of Health Comes at an Affordable Price for Many in 2018

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.

2018 Open Enrollment

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Nominee for Assistant Secretary for the Office for Civil Rights Refuses to Protect Civil Rights

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

Kenneth Marcus

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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.

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