UnidosUS Affiliate Helps Families Achieve Financial Health

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.

And their efforts are more important than ever.

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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Q: Has the Affordable Care Act (ACA) been repealed?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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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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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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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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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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It is Past Time for Congress to Fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program

By David Thomsen, Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, UnidosUS

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The latest threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut the Medicaid program has been halted—for now. While this was certainly a positive development for our community, we must quickly pivot to critical work in other areas. One of our biggest concerns is that currently, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is at risk of ending and leaving nearly nine million children across the country without the affordable care they need to grow up healthy.

Last week, while Congress was focused on undermining the ACA, they missed the September 30 deadline to reauthorize funding for a program that last year insured nearly nine million children, including many Latino children. UnidosUS has called on Congress to reauthorize CHIP funding, without further delay, through written testimony to the Senate Finance Committee, which is responsible for this program.

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