Health Care Reform
Now that the Affordable Care Act has made health care reform the law of the land, federal and state policymakers are designing plans to build health insurance marketplaces and bring the immediate benefits of the law to individuals. Below, you can find out more about NCLR’s advocacy efforts to expand access to coverage and care for Latinos and information about how the law will affect Latinos.
Health Care Reform Topics:
Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Doors
On October 1, millions of Americans will be able to purchase health insurance from the new marketplace set up as part of the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, Latinos made up one-third of the total uninsured population in the United States. Conservative estimates note that nearly six million nonelderly Hispanics will gain access to coverage through this marketplace and the expansion of Medicaid in the first years of full implementation of the law.
If you are uninsured, you only have six months to visit the website below or call 1-800-318-2596. Coverage will begin on January 1, 2014.
|Estimate what coverage might cost you with this tool developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation.|
Key Elements of Reform
Basics of Health Care Reform webpage: Just getting started on health reform? Need to understand the building blocks and how they affect Latinos? Here you can learn more about health care reform’s status and the fundamentals of the law.
National Calls webpage: NCLR has dedicated a number of telephonic briefings and webinars to specific areas of the law and how they affect Hispanics. Here you can review a variety of topics on women’s health, children’s health, immigrants, and more. You can access recordings and materials for calls and get ideas on how to engage in implementation activities.
Critical Things You Should Know about Health Care Reform (English | Spanish): See this document that lays out the basics of reform and how it will affect you and your family. Para responder a algunas de las preguntas más urgentes, el NCLR creó un documento donde se presentan los puntos más significativos de la reforma. Entérese de cómo la reforma de salud le afectará a usted y a su familia.
What NCLR Has to Say about the Affordable Care Act
Read the latest blogs from NCLR’s Health Policy Project:
- What Does $300 Extra a Year Mean to You?
- A Look Back at Our Week at the Supreme Court
- Hopefully, a Good Offense Really Is a Good Defense
Click here to view all of NCLR's health blogs!
NCLR Comments on Proposed ACA Regulations and Guidance
Essential Health Benefits
- Essential Health Benefits Bulletin (1-31-2012)
- Eligibility of DACA Recipients under the ACA (10-29-2012)
- Interim Final Exchange Rules (5-11-2012)
- Exchange Certification Application (1-9-1202)
- Exchange Establishment (9-30- 2011)
- Exchange Functions (10-31- 2011)
- Initial Design Comments (10-04- 2010)
Employer-Based Coverage: Employer Responsibility (6-17-11)
Tax Credits: Design of Premium Tax Credits for Exchanges (10-31- 2011)
Basic Health Plans: Formation of BHPs (10-31- 2011)
Resources on the Affordable Care Act and Health Coverage
- Treatment of U.S. Citizens and Immigrants Under the Affordable Care Act (11-21-2013)
- How Latinos Are Fairing During ACA Open Enrollment? (10-23-13)
- NCLR Families Brochure [Spanish] (08-2013)
- Civil Rights Protections Reinforced Under the Affordable Care Act
- At Stake: Access to Affordable Health Insurance for Latinos with Preexisting Conditions (6-2012)
- Latino Uninsurance at National and State Levels (6-2012)
A Profile of Latino Health Insurance Gains Under the Affordable Care Act (6-2012)
- Perfil de los beneficios del seguro (6-2012)
- At Stake: Community Health Centers Play an Essential Role in Latinos’ Health Care
- The Road to Health Reform: Small Business Benefits in the Affordable Care Act (5-2012)
- The Road to Health Reform: New Changes in Medicare (5-2012)
- Revisiting the Brady Bunch? A Look at Covering the Most Vulnerable Children (2-2012)
- Fast Facts: Latinos and Health Coverage (English | Spanish) (2-2012)
- Fast Facts: Immigrants and Health Coverage (English | Spanish) (2-2012)
- The Role of Medicare in Hispanics’ Health Coverage (1-2012)
- Resources for Health Care Reform Implementation (11-2011)
- Overcoming Immigrant Barriers to Coverage: Options for Health Care When Major Programs Don’t Cut It (10-2011)
- Basic Health Programs (BHP): A New Pathway to Coverage for Legal Immigrants in Your State? (10-2011)
- New and Improved Pathways to Coverage (10-2011)
- The Meaning of Medicaid: A State-by-State Breakdown (7-2011)
- Threats to the Medicaid Program and the Implications for Latinos (4-2011)
- One Year Out: How the Affordable Care Act Has Already Changed Health Care for Latino Families (3-2011)
- Treatment of U.S. Citizens and Immigrants Under Health Care Reform (2-2011)
- Programs to Watch in the Federal Budget: Key Health Equity Initiatives for Latinos in Fiscal Year 2012 (1-2011)
- NCLR’s letter opposing the blanket repeal of reform (1-2011)
- Where We Stand: The State of Hispanic Health Coverage (11-2010)
- Where We Stand: Hispanic Health Coverage at the National Level (11-2010)