Access to affordable, quality healthcare plays a significant role in shaping an individual’s health and quality of life. To date, more than 17 million people who were previously insured have obtained health insurance coverage through the Marketplace. To continue to build on this momentum, we need to advocate, educate, and create enrollment opportunities for people to #GetCovered.
In addition to helping people get insurance coverage for 2016, it is important that we assist newly insured individuals connect to primary care. Often, people are unsure of where and who to go to once they receive coverage, and face challenges in locating and accessing primary care doctors and specialists that are in-network due to factors such as poor health literacy and economic, geographic, and cultural barriers. Routine doctor visits can significantly help improve upon the health and well-being of a person by increasing the chance of early detection and preventing future chronic illnesses. Helping people to achieve a better sense of knowledge and confidence in navigating the healthcare system and having assurance in being able to access care when and where they need it is vital to improving upon preventative care.
The NAACP Health Department will be hosting a series of Affordable Care Act (ACA) outreach events across the U.S. in cities that have the highest number of uninsured individuals. Our first kick-off event will be in Detroit, MI this Saturday, December 5th at Fellowship Chapel, located at 7707 Outer Drive W., from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The purpose of this event is to educate Detroit residents about the benefits of ACA, provide an opportunity for people to enroll and #GetCovered through the Marketplace, and help newly insured individuals find a medical home, if they do not currently have one.
During the event, navigators will be on-site to help participants compare, choose, and enroll or re-enroll in coverage for 2016. Healthcare providers will also be made available to provide participants with information on the types of services their facilities provide and help new enrollees find a primary care doctor to ensure they can access quality care on a regular basis.
For more information about how to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.