Monthly Archives: September 2013

Open enrollment: Getting everyone on board.

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1st, enabling many Americans to purchase health insurance for the first time. It is estimated that 48 million Americans are without insurance, and it is estimated that about seven million people will purchase insurance through the marketplace.

But what about the hard to reach populations? While more Americans will now be able to purchase insurance, it is going to be very important to reach out to some of these “challenging” populations in the coming months to ensure that these populations are educated about their insurance options and have the resources to enroll in the health plan that is right for them.

Amy Wilson-Stronks recently attended a White House briefing on the Affordable Care Act and the LGBT community and was able to learn about targeted efforts to communicate with the LGBT community about open enrollment and new rights under the ACA, including banning discrimination of withholding healthcare services based on gender. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/view/

Resources to share with the LGBT community:

A new website that will be providing educational resources for the LGBT community over the coming months: http://out2enroll.org/

Tressa Undem’s presentation on communicating to the LGBT community about open enrollment:
Video footage of Secretary Sebelius at the White House briefing : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG5RoWm2rSE

Individuals who speak English as a second language pose another set of challenges for ensuring healthcare access. Many legal residents will become eligible to purchase health insurance for the first time: http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20130921/NEWS01/309220009?nclick_check=1#!

As healthcare providers, public health workers, and advocates for all types of individuals, it is our responsibility to spread the word. Open enrollment begins October 1st: www.healthcare.gov

White House Briefing on Obamacare and the LGBT Community

This Thursday, September 12th, Amy Wilson-Stronks along with other LGBT advocates have been invited to attend a White House briefing on Obamacare and impacts on the LGBT community. The briefing will discuss particular needs that members of the LGBT community face, including limited access to health care, insurance, and preventive care, and how the Affordable Care Act is addressing these needs.

According to the the invite, the briefing aims to provide LGBT advocates with information and resources to help their communities access more affordable health care. When the individual mandate goes into effect and health care exchange enrollment begins, it is especially important that members and leaders of the LGBT community are aware of protections in place, including the prohibition of discrimination for pre-existing medical conditions and gender-based discrimination.

The event will feature Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services as the keynote speaker. New research will be presented on how LGBT communities perceive and access health care, and suggested messaging strategies for reaching key sub-communities, followed by a panel discussion of best practices by community organizations, and breakout sessions to connect local leaders and plan regional enrollment events across the country.

Wilson-Stronks is interested to hear your opinions, comments, and questions about this event and how the Affordable Care Act will affect members of the LGBT community. Please email info@Wilson-Stronks.com or leave comments on our Facebook page and we will post as many questions with answers as we can. Wilson-Stronks is proud to be able to offer you up-to-date information during these changing healthcare times.

Update: Video footage of remarks by Secretary Sebelius and Valerie Jarrett at the White House Briefing on the Affordable Care Act and the LGBT Community: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG5RoWm2rSE