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

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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.

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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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Q: Has the Affordable Care Act (ACA) been repealed?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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UnidosUS Affiliates Are Transforming the Lives of Rural Hispanic Families Thanks to the ACA

MHP Salud and Su Clínica are on the front lines helping rural Texas communities get covered during the Open Enrollment period.

By David Castro, Associate Director, Web and Editorial Content, UnidosUS

Su Clínica | Open Enrollment | Affordable Care ActThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not only changed the lives of individuals. It has transformed entire communities.

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5 Things Immigrants and Mixed-Status Families Should Know about Enrolling in Health Coverage Under the ACA

The 2018 Open Enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues. So it’s important that those enrolling in coverage for themselves or on behalf of their loved ones have the information they need to get covered by the December 15th deadline.

Immigrants and mixed-status families face unique circumstances when it comes to enrolling in health coverage. But help is available.

Mixed-Status Families

There are many resources to help ensure that immigrants and mixed-status families have the information and the guidance they need to enroll in quality, affordable health coverage.

Here are five things immigrants and mixed-status families and those assisting them should know about enrolling in coverage under the ACA during the Open Enrollment 2018 period:

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5 cosas que los inmigrantes y familias con estatus migratorio mixto deben saber para escoger una cobertura de salud bajo la ley ACA

Ley de Cuidado de Salud Asequible

A medida que continúa el período de Inscripción Abierta 2018 bajo la Ley del Cuidado de Salud Asequible (ACA), es importante que las personas que se inscriban en la cobertura para sí mismas o en nombre de sus seres queridos tengan la información que necesitan tener para obtener coberturas de seguros médicos antes de la fecha límite del 15 de diciembre.

Los inmigrantes y las familias que tienen estatus migratorio mixto enfrentan circunstancias particulares cuando tratan de inscribirse en la cobertura de planes médicos.

Sin embargo, hay muchos recursos disponibles para ayudar a que los inmigrantes y las familias con estatus migratorio mixto tengan la información correcta y la orientación que necesitan para inscribirse en una cobertura médica asequible y de calidad.

A continuación explicamos en detalle los cinco puntos claves que los inmigrantes y las familias con estatus migratorio mixto, y aquellas personas que les estén ayudando a completar estos trámites, deben saber sobre la inscripción en la cobertura médica bajo el amparo de la ley ACA:

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Recent Data Shows Latino Obesity Rates Remain Stubbornly High

Increasing access to healthy affordable foods is key to reverse this trend

By Lanette Garcia, Health Policy Analyst, UnidosUS

Latino obesity | Healthy foodsNew data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that obesity rates for adults and children in the United States have hit an historic high.

The CDC’s annual National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the adult obesity rate now stands at 39.8%, while that of children stands at 18.5%.

The study also includes data by race and ethnicity—and findings for Latinos are particularly troubling.

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Cinco consejos para una eficaz compra de alimentos en esta temporada festiva

Por Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Gerente de Programa, Instituto para la Salud Hispana, UnidosUS

Con la aproximación de las fiestas Navideñas es probable que comprar alimentos sea una de las tantas tareas que tengamos en nuestra lista para esta temporada. Si tener que ir a un supermercado antes de del Día de Acción de Gracias, Navidad o cualquier otro día festivo le produce algo de estrés, ¡no se preocupe!

A continuación presentamos consejos sencillos de nuestro programa Comprando Rico y Sano que pueden servirle para que tenga una experiencia placentera, o por lo menos sin estrés.

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