The Affordable Care Act seeks to increase access to health insurance coverage and health services for all Americans, everyone involved in health care in the U.S. has a role to play in implementation of the law.
As full implementation of the law approaches, NPs need to be aware of the new options for obtaining health insurance that will be available starting in 2014, and how these new options will work. A variety of Web sites have been created to provide useful information to providers and the public:
The Affordable Care Act and HRSA Programs Webpage - http://www.hrsa.gov/affordablecareact/ - a site created by HRSA to help ensure the nursing community has the information they need. The web page offers information and resources for HRSA stakeholders on Health Insurance Marketplaces, Essential Health Benefits, Essential Community Providers and more.
Healthcare.gov - http://www.Healthcare.gov - a site created by HHS for the consumer including information about how the coming Health Insurance Marketplace works, what the benefits will be, and what key deadlines and milestones are yet to come.
CMS Site - Health Insurance Marketplace - http://marketplace.cms.gov - created for health care professionals as a hub for the latest resources to help people apply, enroll, and get coverage in 2014.
Ways NONPF Members Can Help
1.Direct individuals to HealthCare.gov(Spanish: CuidadoDeSalud.gov) for state-specific informationto sign up for email and text alerts, and starting July 31, create an online account,. This "My Account” feature enables customers to create a profile and save their information (name, address, etc.) to get a head start on the enrollment process.
2.Direct consumers to the call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) available 24/7 in 150 languages to ask questions, prepare for open enrollment, and starting October 1, sign up for private health insurance.
3.Take advantage of Free Continuing Education Unitsvia the Medscape module, "What the Healthcare Marketplace Means for Practices and Patients”(http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/782776).
4.Use materials available nowfor download atMarketplace.cms.gov. Order printed copies (while supplies last) of consumer materials to share with your community athttp://productordering.cms.hhs.gov. Available materials include:
- Consumer Brochures, including "The Value of Health Insurance,” and "About the Marketplace”
- Marketplace Application Checklist
- Fact Sheets
- Drop-in articles / Op-Eds
- Talking Points
- Questions & Answers
- And more!
5.Host community meetings/ Nursing Rounds in webinar, teleconference or in-person format to talk about the ACA. To help you with the presentation, access PowerPoint slides, talking points and other educational materials at http://marketplace.cms.gov/training/get-training.html. We can offer an Administration official to offer specifics and engage your members.
6.Post the NEW Marketplace widgets(http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/widgets-and-badges/mp-badges-english.html) in your email signature and on your school’s website.
7.Connect through social media
Health Insurance Marketplace Information
For an overview of the Health Insurance Marketplaces, or if you are a professional learning about the Marketplace and helping people apply, get the latest resources here. Training materials and presentations are also available here.
Eight Ways Obamacare Helps You: The benefits of the Affordable Care Act are pretty straight forward: the law makes it easier to get insurance you can afford, ensures you have the care you need when you get sick, and covers the preventive services you need to stay healthy — for free. Learn more below, then share this infographic with your friends and family so they can get the facts, too.
HHS Fact Sheets
The Affordable Care Act and African Americans
The Affordable Care Act and Latinos
The Affordable Care Act and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
·The Affordable Care Act and Women
·At Stake: What Repealing the Affordable Care Act Would Mean for Middle Class Families
The Affordable Care Act and Small Businesses
What the Affordable Care Act Means to Communities of Color (Dr. Nadine Gracia,Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at HHS, August 19th2013)
Recently, I traveled to Oakland, California, to participate in a town hall about how the Affordable Care Act is improving health and strengthening communities - especially communities of colorthat have long faced disparities in health and health care.
The Affordable Care Act: Speaking to Women’s Unique Health Need (Nancy C. Lee, M.D.,Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health – Women's Health Director at the Office on Women's Health at HHS, August 9, 2013)
More than three years ago, the most important women’s health legislation in my lifetime was passed into law —the Affordable Care Act. This law lowers the costs of health care for women, increases access to quality health care, and pays attention to the distinct health needs of women and families. As women, we often make health care decisions for ourselves and for our families, so it is important that we know how the health care law benefits us.
Women have often been charged more than men for the exact same health coverage. We have paid higher premiums and out-of-pocket costs. We also tend to make less than men and have a harder time paying for health care costs. As a result, women have not always had access to the health care they needed or the freedom to make the best health care choices for themselves and their families. A Mom’s Trusted Voice on Health Insurance (Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, August 6, 2013) As a mother and grandmother, I know how a mom’s voice is critical to maintaining the health of her family—and that’s true even after her kids have grown up into young adults. And as a trusted voice in the lives of their children, moms can play a vital role in getting the word out about the exciting new options for affordable, quality health coverage becoming available this fall