11/6/13 E-Newsletter: ACA
Posted on 11/06/2013 @ 03:37 PM
During the recent National Hispanic Health Week of Action, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda's member organizations worked with the White House to rally our communities to seize the historic opportunity provided by the Affordable Care Act: access to affordable health care for millions of uninsured.
NHLA and Latino leaders held a press conference in Washington, D.C. announcing our outreach efforts to Latino families across the country. As reported in news outlets like NBC Latino, La Opinión and El Tiempo Latino, our organizations are using town hall events, regional forums, and social media campaigns (via #OurSalud on Twitter) to spread the word about the health care exchanges.
If you are in the Washington, D.C. area please join us at one of our next outreach events:
The “Covered Hispanics Campaign” regional forum
Organized by: The National Hispanic Medical Association
Date & Time: Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 6th | 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, Room HVC-201
As you know, on October 1st the Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act opened for business. This is a transformative moment for the Hispanic community and we must take advantage of it. While many headlines have focused on the Health Insurance Marketplaces’ website problems, the fact is that there are still many other ways to learn more and get enrolled.
We can’t lose sight of the big picture: Over 10 million uninsured Latinos now have options to find affordable health insurance.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda – our coalition of 36 national Latino organizations – strongly supported enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and asks you to join us in urging Latinos to enroll by:
Calling the bilingual hotline 1-800-318-2596. Talking with trained specialists in their community who are available at many local health centers and libraries to assist with the application process. To find them, visit the Find Local Help section on both HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov – websites that also provide a wealth of other information and will soon be better equipped to accept online enrollment. We need your help to make sure the Affordable Care Act is a success for our communities. Please visit visit latinosunited.org/healthcare to learn more about our Latinos United for Healthcare campaign, to ask your Members of Congress to preserve affordable health insurance options for our community, and to share your story about how access to affordable health care is making a difference in your life.
Elena Rios, MD, MSPH
NHLA Health Policy Committee Chair
President and CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
The Affordable Care Act
By Jose Calderon on 03/21/2012 @ 03:08 PM
Friends, two years ago almost to the day, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law. Many of you supported the tremendous efforts of NHLA and others to ensure the law contained key provisions so critical to our community. You may recall the grassroots effort from community members, neighbors and friends to support the Latinos United for Healthcare campaign; a groundswell movement to share concerns and personal stories on just how important healthcare coverage was to all of us. Through the LUH campaign, and in no small measure because of NHLA’s commitment to advocating on behalf of our community, the legislation that was signed into law. The law included additional funding for a culturally competent healthcare workforce, increased resources to tackle health disparities, the strengthening of the Office of Minority Health, significant funding to make health insurance affordable for low income families, support for community health centers across the country, tax credits for small businesses, and many other key provisions.
The Affordable Care Act can be considered nothing less than a monumental victory for Hispanic-Americans, and a momentous benchmark of progress for the country as a whole. Unfortunately this victory continues to be one rife with destructive challenges. In the coming days the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing oral argument from those opposed to the Affordable Care Act in a desperate attempt to roll back the gains we so strongly fought for. As the court begins its deliberative process, I encourage you all to remember what is at stake. Any repeal of the ACA will mean insurance companies will once again have a green light to discriminate against individuals based on pre-existing conditions. Repeal of the ACA will mean that scores of recent college graduates, still struggling to find employment in a tough economy, will be bounced from coverage under their parents’ insurance plans, further saddling them with yet another hefty bill. A weakening of the ACA will mean that small business entrepreneurs across America and in your and my community will no longer have access to the incentives that enable them to provide health coverage to their employees.
As you begin to hear the stories and the analysis of issues before the Supreme Court regarding the ACA I urge you to remember what is at stake and remind your friends and family just what it means to Hispanics, to our economy, and to our country if we allow the provisions in this important law to be stripped from us.