President Obama Speaks to the Latino Community on Why it is Important to #GetCovered
We never know what curveballs life is going to throw at us. But we do know that those curveballs come. That’s why it’s so important that we all sign up for health insurance and get our friends and family to sign up too.
As part of our ongoing efforts to educate Latinos about the benefits and protections under the Affordable Care Act and encourage them to sign up for health coverage, President Obama recorded a video message for the Latino community. Check out the message and hear the President talk about the tools available to help you and your “amigos, familia and vecinos” #GetCovered
Just this week, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report showing that the majority of Latinos could get a break on costs in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Nearly 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos may qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace. For example, a 27 year old with an income of $25,000 living in Miami, Florida could pay as little as $87 for a bronze plan under the Affordable Care Act. In Houston, Texas he or she could pay as little as $99 after factoring in premium tax credits.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act you can purchase the coverage that you need at a price as low was a monthly cell phone bill – which is critically important to Hispanic Americans who have the highest rates of uninsurance in the country.
You can sign up for a plan any time until the end of March - and already, over 3 million people have signed up for private plans through the Marketplaces.
If you don’t have health insurance there is a way for you to get health care that you can afford, even if you were previously denied for a pre-existing condition. Depending on your income you might be eligible for savings or even health care for free.
You and your loved ones can apply for coverage in the Marketplace in several ways:
- online at HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov
- over the phone by calling the 24/7 customer service center at 1-800-318-2596 with help available in English and Spanish
- in-person assistance in your local community, just enter your zip code at Find Local Help or Encuentre ayuda local.
Health care coverage will no longer be just for a privileged few but a right for all to enjoy. We want to hear from you about how the Affordable Care Act has impacted your life through our newly launched Spanish-language tool to share personal health coverage stories #OurSalud: Comparte Tu Historia.
You can also join the conversation by using the hashtag #Asegurate on Twitter and Facebook.
Katherine Vargas is the Director of Hispanic Media