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.

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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

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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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Make Time This Thanksgiving Holiday to Take Care of Your Health and the Health of Your Loved Ones

Family | Open EnrollmentMany families will be gathering together this holiday season, taking a moment to pause and give thanks. It’s a good occasion to take advantage of some free time you may have to take care of some important items.

One of the items on your to-do list may be to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This year’s Open Enrollment deadline is December 15. So the time to make your decisions is fast approaching!

This Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to ensure your health and your family’s health by making time to get covered. And there are many ways available to get help at healthcare.gov or cuidadodesalud.gov. See the video below to find out more.

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5 Tips for Effective Grocery Shopping this Holiday Season

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Program Manager, Institute for Hispanic Health, UnidosUS

With the holidays fast approaching, grocery shopping is likely to become one of the many tasks on our to-do lists this season. If the prospect of going into a grocery store in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday you celebrate gives you a bit of stress, don’t worry!

We’ve got simple tips for you from our Comprando Rico y Sano program that you can follow to make the experience a pleasant one, or at least a stress-free one.

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Because let’s face it—we can all benefit from setting some health goals and establishing healthy eating habits during the holiday season. You can follow these five tips to keep yourself organized, and save money and time while grocery shopping.

RELATED: Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

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What You Need to Know About Enrolling in Health Coverage in a State-Based Marketplace

Open Enrollment under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in full swing and it’s time to enroll in health coverage. For the 39 states that use the federal website, healthcare.gov, this year’s Open Enrollment period runs from November 1 – December 15.

But for the 11 states and the District of Columbia with their own state-based marketplaces, the Open Enrollment dates may be different. Read on to find out where you need to visit to enroll in health coverage in these areas.

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Consejos y recursos para un Día de Acción de Gracias libre de bacterias

Por: Tanya Brown, Especialista en Asuntos Públicos, FSIS, Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos

En el Día de Acción de Gracias se consume más de 46 millones de pavos acompañados por una lista interminable de platos y postres para acompañar, esta cena es por mucho, la más grande y estresante que muchos consumidores preparan en todo el año; dejando espacio para errores que pueden enfermar a los invitados.

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“Nosotros recibimos un aumento de llamadas en la Línea de Información Sobre Carnes y Aves del USDA cercano a la fecha de Acción de Gracias porque las personas están muy estresadas y tienen muchas preguntas sobre como descongelar y cocinar su pavo,” dice Marianne Gravely, especialista en información técnica senior en el Servicio de Inocuidad e Inspección de Alimentos del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA-FSIS, por sus siglas en inglés). “Ya que esto es una fiesta familiar grande, nosotros queremos asegurarnos que las personas preparen sus alimentos de una manera segura para evitar enfermedades trasmitidas por los alimentos.”

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Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

By: Tanya Brown, Food Safety and Inspection Service Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture

More than 46 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day and with the never-ending list of side dishes and desserts, it is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick.

“We receive an increase of calls on the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline around Thanksgiving because people are stressed and have a lot of questions about thawing and cooking their turkey,” says Marianne Gravely, senior technical specialist at USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service. “Since this is such a large family feast, we want to make sure people prepare their food in a safe manner to avoid foodborne illness.”

Follow these tips and use these resources to help make this Thanksgiving feast a safe and healthy one.

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What Comes Next After Graham-Cassidy?

Last week, we saw a remarkable defeat of the latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Graham-Cassidy bill would have stripped millions of their health insurance, and undermined critical consumer protections. However, while the effort to repeal the ACA was unsuccessful, we still have several concerns with how its enforcement is being handled, due to the cuts to the window for open enrollment, the rollback of outreach efforts, in particular to the Latino community, and the fact that some members of Congress are still trying to undermine a law that helped millions of people access health care.

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