Families USA and the National Health Law Program worked together to develop a checklist to help advocates ensure that their states implement health insurance exchanges that meet the needs of people with limited proficiency in English.
According to new data released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Latinos—the racial and ethnic group with the highest uninsured rate in the nation—have much to gain from the Affordable Care Act. And yet, anecdotal evidence suggests that this population is not enrolling for health coverage at the level that one would expect for a group with such high numbers of uninsured.
Federal Laws Prohibit Government from Using Health Insurance Application Information for Deportation
As the March 31 deadline approaches for enrolling in health insurance in the marketplace, we would like to address one concern that could be unnecessarily holding back hundreds of thousands of families: fear of deportation.
Many families are concerned that in an effort to do the right and responsible thing—enrolling their (eligible) family members in health coverage—they will inadvertently cause someone else in the family to get deported. These families are known as “mixed status” families because they include people with different immigration statuses.
The success of the Affordable Care Act’s first enrollment period is clear: More than 8 million people have signed up for health insurance coverage through the health insurance marketplaces since last October. Among different racial and ethnic groups, however, increases in health insurance coverage varied widely. African and Asian Americans enrolled at relatively high rates, while Hispanic enrollment was lower. The results from the first enrollment period tell us that minority enrollment is on the upswing, but there is more work to do.
An update to the application on Healthcare.gov means that recent, lawfully present immigrants are now able to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. They are also eligible to receive financial assistance to pay for that coverage. Until the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) fixed the application in early June, recent, lawful immigrants who sought health coverage during the open enrollment period were turned away. Now, the task remains to find those who were denied coverage and offer them another chance to enroll.
Breaking: HHS Announces September 5 Deadline for Immigration Document Submission in Order to Avoid Marketplace Health Insurance Termination
September 5, 2014 is the deadline to send documents to the marketplace for people with inconsistencies in the documents that they submitted to verify immigration and citizenship status. Those who miss the deadline will lose their health coverage and have to pay back any federal financial help they received.
Both a call to action and a roadmap for progress, Families USA’s latest report, Health Reform 2.0 lays out a path for securing high-quality, affordable health care to all Americans—regardless of income, age, race, or ethnicity—and for achieving the “Triple Aim”: improving health, enhancing quality of care, and reducing health care costs.
Today, Families USA issues a call to action in support of Health Reform 2.0 – a series of 19 specific proposals to improve health care for everyone in our nation. In the years ahead, we will build support for those proposals to hasten their adoption.
The timing for our proposals is challenging—many of you might reasonably wonder, at a point when the Affordable Care Act faces one of its most fundamental threats, is this the time to be thinking about the future of health care? Our answer is, “yes.”
5:00 p.m. update—With three weeks until the end of open enrollment, one thing that distinguishes this period from last year’s is the lack of news. Things have been going pretty well.
Kevin Counihan of CMS noted that he’s grateful for the work of everyone at the conference: “This audience represents our salesforce.”
Counihan ran down the improvements CMS made to Healthcare.gov: reduced number of screens required to enroll from 76 down to 16, the site is warmer, fonts are bigger. “We’re learning.“
5:30 p.m.—We just heard from two leading thinkers in health policy debate some of the most pressing issues related to access to affordable health care in America.
In a wide-ranging discussion that covered everything from Medicaid policy to children’s benefits on the exchanges to the ACA’s subsidies, these two feisty policy wonks hashed out their visions for the future while reflecting on the past year.