Six out of ten uninsured African Americans may be eligible for Medicaid, CHIP or tax credits in the Health Insurance Marketplace
95 percent of uninsured African Americans might qualify for lower costs on coverage if all states expanded Medicaid
Health Insurance Marketplace might qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax credits to help with the cost of premiums.
Locally you can contact a direct ACA LGBTQ Help Line at (501) 349-7777 for individual appointments or group enrollments opportunities provided by licensed In-person assister.
If all states took advantage of new opportunities to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, 95 percent of uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for the Marketplace might qualify for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or tax credits to help with the cost of premiums.
“The health care law is working to address long standing disparities in health care coverage and improve the health of the African American community,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “Through the Health Insurance Marketplace, 6.8 million uninsured African Americans have new options for affordable health coverage that covers a range of benefits, including important preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs.“
Today’s report also details uninsurance rates by state and provides several examples of what premiums might look like for African Americans living in major metropolitan areas. One fifth of uninsured African American citizens and permanent residents live the greater Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and Detroit metropolitan areas. A 27-year-old in Atlanta with an income of $25,000 can pay as little as $105 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit, while a family of four with an income of $50,000 could pay $148 a month for a bronze plan after applying the tax credit.
Nationwide, about 2 million uninsured African Americans may be eligible for coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
States have new opportunities to expand Medicaid coverage to include Americans with family incomes at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level (generally $31,322 for a family of four in 2013). This expansion includes adults without dependent children living at home, who have not previously been eligible in most states.
An additional 2.2 million eligible uninsured African American adults with family incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level live in states that are not expanding Medicaid. The number of uninsured African Americans who may be eligible for access to health coverage at a lower cost would increase from 60 to 95 percent if all states adopted the Medicaid expansion.
To read today’s report, visit: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/UninsuredAfricanAmericans/ib_UninsuredAfricanAmericans.cfm
To learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace, including to shop and enroll in coverage online, visit HealthCare.gov.
\You can also enroll by phone by calling our call center 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1 855-889-4325) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week where help is available in 150 languages, or you can find in-person help from certified assisters in your area by visiting localhelp.healthcare.gov/. You can sign up for a health insurance plan through the Marketplace between now and the end of March 2014.
Christmas Caravan Gets Renegade Support
RZN2LV Award winner Renegades for a Cause has gathered an array of entertainers for its next fundraising round up for the Christmas Caravan. This Friday ( 12.13.13) at Miss Kitty's Saloon, 307 West 7th Street, starting at 11 pm.
The show will feature Mr. Justin Case, Gigi Galore, Alotta Cummings, Miss DSRA 2013 Marvella, Imani Starr and many other guest will donate their tips and time for the cause of homelessness. Renegades for Cause has been a fundraising force in the city since 2011 raising funds for a variety of charitable causes both statewide and regionally.
The Christmas Caravan is an annual outreach event December 21 at the Clinton Presidential Center Complex. that provides basic necessities to homeless adults, and toys and other items as gifts for homeless and near-homeless children.
The mission of the Caravan is to ensure that those without homes and those without adequate resources will have the opportunity to experience true joy in the celebration of the season.