Monday, April 29, 2013

Round Up and OUT

Community Climb Shaping Up

The Living Affected Corporation is continuing its planning for a community building exercise through supporting a 1 pm climb/walk along the Ouachita trail which is adjacent to the Pinnacle State Park Visitors Center.
Participants are encouraged to gather at the Rocky Valley trail picnic area which will host the event featuring locally based groups whom will share their missions and involvement within the LGBTQ community as well as field questions from those in attendance. According to organizers, a free mini-cook out and beverages will be available on first come, first serve basis. If you are interested in volunteering with set-up, clean-up or service during the event hit up  The Living Affected Corporation is a statewide 501 c3 charitable organization with the mission to transform communities through holistic well-being by providing, education and advocacy. The organization is committed to promoting empowerment and inclusion while decreasing the prevalence of HIV/AIDS by pursuing social justice, equality and sexual health within the LGBGTQ community and beyond.

A Simpler Way to Apply for Health Care

By Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Cross-posted from HealthCare Blog

Today, we take one more step toward meeting the promise of helping millions of Americans access
quality, affordable health coverage.

We have finalized the application you can complete later this year to learn what health insurance programs you are eligible for and the discounts to help pay for it. Starting in October, it will be the one application you can use to apply for the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and tax credits that will help pay for premiums.

I’m also pleased to say the application has been simplified and significantly shortened. The application for individuals is three pages, and the application for families is reduced by two-thirds, to seven pages. This is much shorter than industry standards for health insurance applications today.

Whether you choose to use this application to apply for coverage online, by phone, or on paper, the Health Insurance Marketplace will give you better options than they have today – with one destination to apply and many resources to get help. In-person counselors and a toll free phone line will be available to help you through every step of the process.

The online application that will go live on when the Health Insurance Marketplace opens for enrollment on October 1, can be found here:
You can sign up to learn more and get ready to enroll at

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