Just three years ago, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law with the help of leaders in Congress and community members across the country. The law makes historic changes to our country’s health care system, including new affordable health care options for uninsured and underinsured Americans and consumer protections against discriminatory health insurance practices. Many of these benefits can be seen today, from dependent children being able to stay on their parents’ insurance plan up to age 26, to free preventive services at the provider’s office.
On the first day of 2014, many more positive changes are slated to go into effect. This means 2013 is a critical year for us. As community leaders and health advocates, we need your help to ensure Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities understand the many benefits they are eligible for in the law.
This year’s birthday activities will highlight the important role that community groups play in the public education process. Celebrate the ACA’s third birthday on March 23, 2013, by educating your community members about the new coverage options that will help up 1 in 10 Asian Americans and 1 in 8 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders gain health insurance. We know that equipping our communities with the
right tools will only help them benefit from the law. Open enrollment for the new health insurance marketplaces will begin on October 1, 2013, so now is the time to start educating our communities, especially those who are limited English proficient, immigrant and low-income.