ACA Latino Week of Action

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!

#GetCovered by March 31

What can you do? 

1.     If you or someone you know does not have health insurance, go to Healthcare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov and get covered! 

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.

Click here to RSVP.

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:  

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

3/29/14      Tampa

5.     Share your story.  We want to hear from you and how the ACA has made a difference  in  your life. 

6.     Follow and Amplify on Social Media

Use some of the following hastags:

#ACA

#GetCovered

#OutSalud

#AffordableCareAct

#Asegurate

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