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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CASA at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School

 By Jennifer Archer, CASA Instructor, Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School

The Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School (MORCS) family kicked off our work with CASA with a trip to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC). Students in the Youth Advisory Board were discussing the lack of services for homeless people in Los Angeles, and wanted to see what they could do to help.


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With Decades of Trust, UnidosUS Affiliate RCMA Helps Communities Grow and Thrive Even Under Adversity

How Redlands Christian Migrant Association is helping farmworker families recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma in southern Florida.

By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS

Disaster relief | RCMA | Hurricane Irma

In southern Florida in the 1960s, farmworkers with children had little choice but to bring their children into the fields with them, exposing them to pesticides, snakes, and extreme heat. Some children even died due to contact with heavy machinery, or from falling into wells.

Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) was founded in response to the reports that migrant farmworkers had nowhere to bring their children while they were out in the fields. In those early days, they had two early learning centers for children of migrant and farmworker families.

But RCMA’s two early learning centers weren’t well-attended at the time. So the organization sought the help of Wendell Rollason, an outspoken immigrant rights advocate, who noticed one day that farmworker families were much more likely to sign up their children for child care through one of the centers if they saw people who looked like them working at the center.

Today, RCMA operates 66 centers across 21 counties in Florida, including three charter schools and nine afterschool programs. Each center was able to open because RCMA received an invitation from the community.

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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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One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico: Helping Ex-offenders Gain the Power to Rebuild Their Lives

The One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico (OSCC), founded in 2000, has a mission that benefits a community not often talked about: the reentry population.

Since 2000, OSCC has helped approximately 14,000 ex-offenders find meaningful employment and rebuild their lives. OSCC’s participants have an 85% rate of successful job placement and a recidivism rate of approximately 12%, in significant contrast to an average 76.6% recidivism rate across 30 states.

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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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Senate Tax Bill Will Permanently Raise Taxes on Working Americans to Fund Tax Cuts for the Wealthy

GOP Tax Plan | Senate Tax BillWhile Americans are gathering to give thanks this week, Senate Republicans are rushing to pass a tax plan that would give large tax cuts to the wealthy, drive up the federal deficit, and make it harder for working families, including millions of Latinos, to make ends meet.

Unfortunately, this is no surprise.

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