It’s “Latino Week of Action,” and a time to make sure all of our Latino students and families are enrolled and covered by health insurance. This week represents the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continuing efforts to engage the Latino community to #GetCovered or #Asegurate under the Affordable Care Act.
Across the country, community organizations have joined local, state and federal government partners to convene health care enrollment events, partnering with Spanish language media to offer personalized enrollment assistance and to encourage Latinos to sign up for quality and affordable health coverage.
- The Latino Week of Action will increase outreach efforts to educate Latinos across the country about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act and to let them know how affordable quality health insurance is if they enroll in the health insurance Marketplaces.
Here at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), we know that if our students are healthy, their chances of doing better in school increase. And students whose parents are covered with health insurance are more likely to see a doctor before they get sick. Having health insurance is makes sense. Now is the time to get signed up!
What can you do?
2. Participate in the Latinos and the Healthy Insurance Marketplace (in English) Webinar on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7pm EDT.
According to the Census Bureau, nearly 16 million Hispanics are uninsured. The health care law is in effect and there is a new way for individuals and families to get health insurance. This webinar is co-sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families and the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Please send your questions to ACA101@hhs.gov by Noon ET on February 26.
3. Share this important information and resources with your networks:
This week we will continue to highlight the bilingual enrollment tools available to Latinos to sign up for coverage through the health insurance Marketplaces:
- Apply online at HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov.
- Get help over the phone by calling the 24/7 customer service center (1-800-318-2596, TTY 1-855-889-4325) with translation services available
- In-person assistance in local communities through Find Local Help or ayuda local on the Spanish health care site.
- As well as updated information about Immigrant Family Eligibility, including resources for navigators, assistors, promotoras, and more.
- President Obama video message to the Latino community on available tools for enrollment.
- Spanish-language tool to share stories of health care coverage #OurSalud: Comparte Tu Historia.
- Video de CMS: ¿Como hago para escoger un plan en el Mercado de Seguros?
4. Take part in an upcoming Latino Enrollment Summit
During the Latino Enrollment Theme Week and each week until March 31, HHS in partnership with national organizations like Enroll America, LULAC, National Alliance for Hispanic Health and Planned Parenthood, but also many community partners like health centers, community centers, and libraries in your neighborhoods, are hosting Latino Enrollment summits throughout the country.
These Enrollment Summits are for community members to learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace and to enroll with the assistance of trained Navigators and assistors. Our next Enrollment Summit takes us to:
2/26/14 Orlando/St. Petersburg, FL
2/27/14 Kissimmee, FL
3/1/14 Chicago, IL
3/1/14 Dallas, TX
3/1/14 Philadelphia, PA
3/1/14 Atlanta, GA
3/1/14 McAllen, TX
3/8/14 Phoenix, AZ
3/15/14 El Paso, TX
3/15/14 North Jersey
3/15/14 Orlando-Daytona area (Sanford, FL)
3/15/14 New Orleans, LA
3/15/14 Cleveland, OH
3/15/14 Miami, FL (Florida City, FL)
3/22/15 Miami, FL
5. Share your story. We want to hear from you and how the ACA has made a difference in your life.
- Stefania, from Florida signed up for coverage for $98. She knows that with health insurance coverage, she can focus on growing her business.
- If you have enrolled in coverage in the Marketplace, tell us about your experience in English at http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/my-story/index.html or in Spanish at http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/facts/mi-experiencia-es/index.html
6. Follow and Amplify on Social Media
Use some of the following hastags:
Or Simply share: “6 Reasons You Should #GetCovered”
If you know someone who needs health insurance, tell them about the Marketplace today. We can’t do this alone.
Enrollment is open until March 31. We have five weeks left to reach millions of uninsured that may not know the Marketplace even exists.
Thanks for your support!
The WHIEEH Team