A huge push is underway by the Texas League of Young Voters to get more Houstonians signed up for health insurance under the new health care law. The Affordable Care Act is accepting enrollments through the Health Insurance Marketplace until March 31, for coverage throughout 2014. The law requires every taxpayer to purchase health insurance, or pay a penalty. Citizens may get information and enroll by visiting healthcare.gov, calling 1-800-318-25961-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-43251-855-889-4325), and by attending any of the upcoming Texas League of Young Voters community events listed below.
The Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare,” offers health plans that fit a variety of budgets. Each plan is required to offer free preventive care such as blood pressure and cholesterol checks, physical exams, vaccinations, mammograms and certain other tests. The Affordable Care Act is a way to prevent emergency room visits for minor problems such as sore throats or other common cold symptoms.
“Not only is having health insurance the law, it’s an affordable and responsible way to care for the family for generations to come,” said Christina Sanders, state director, Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund. “We are particularly targeting African Americans who are disproportionately impacted by poor health due to discrimination, cultural barriers, and a lack of access to health care.”
Under the new health care law, Americans will have the security of knowing that they do not have to worry about losing coverage if they are laid off, change jobs or have a preexisting illness. The new law also makes a significant investment in state and community-based efforts that promote public health, prevent disease and protect against public health emergencies.
The Texas League of Young Voters is emphasizing the importance of health coverage, especially among young African American families. African Americans are more likely than both their Caucasian and Latino counterparts to report delaying or foregoing dental care, prescription needs or preventative care.
Having health insurance can protect families from the potential problems of unexpected medical crises.
Several enrollment events are planned throughout the month of March:
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Get Covered Sunday
Description: 50 participating churches in Houston will provide Affordable Care Act health care coverage and enrollment information to their congregations in partnership with NAACP.
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Affordable Care Act Community Educational Forum
Houston Area Urban League
1301 Texas Avenue (Downtown)
Houston, Texas 77002
Description: Community forum to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act and the enrollment process in partnership with the Houston Area Urban League.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Get Covered Day!
Distribution: Visit one of the 80 participating locations in Houston to enroll in and/or receive information about the health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace in partnership with Houston Area Urban League Young Professionals and the NAACP Collegiate Chapters of Texas Southern University and the University of Houston. On-the-spot enrollment will be available.
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Affordable Care Act Online Twitter Town Hall
Texas Southern University
Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, Texas 77004
Description: Online Twitter Town Hall featuring a panel discussion for young people about the Affordable Care Act and the enrollment process in partnership with the Young Invincibles.
About the Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund
The Texas League of Young Voters Education Fund is an affiliate of the League of Young Voters Education Fund, headquartered in New York, New York. The League empowers young people to participate in the democratic process and create progressive political change on the local, state and national level – with a focus on non-college youth and youth from low-income communities and communities of color. For more information, please visit texasyoungvoter.org or call (281) 849-VOTE (8683).