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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