An opportunity to serve: UnidosUS California Affiliate AltaMed’s commitment to increasing access and dispelling myths during ACA Open Enrollment

Altamed - ACA Open Enrollment

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By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS

While the 2018 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment on the federal Marketplace ended on December 15, California’s Open Enrollment on its state Marketplace runs until January 31. UnidosUS California Affiliates, like AltaMed located in the Los Angeles area, are working hard to make sure that communities enroll and have access to the quality health care they need.

It’s what they’ve been doing since the first open enrollment period started in 2013.

“We knew that when the ACA was signed by President Obama that this was an opportunity to serve the community,” explains Jazmin Diego, Manager of Legislative & Advocacy Affairs at AltaMed, an UnidosUS Affiliate in Los Angeles, California.

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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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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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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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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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#SaveTPS to Save the American Dream

Imagine having worked hard to go to school, followed your passion, and reached a place in your career where you can help others, only to have it potentially stripped away. That is what is already happening to some of the 325,000 immigrants in this country who are recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Save TPS

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