HHS Partners With Women’s Organizations to Get Out the Word During Open Enrollment
Just five years ago, women seeking health coverage had to worry about being discriminated against for having a pre-existing condition – or being charged more just for being a woman. And so many Americans, especially women, struggled to find quality, affordable coverage.
Since the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) provisions have taken effect, an estimated 17.6 million previously uninsured Americans have found health coverage, including 8.2 million women. But we have more work to do.
HHS is proud to partner with more than 30 women’s organizations to help enroll women and their families in quality, affordable health coverage. Plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace are required to cover essential health benefits, like pregnancy, maternity and newborn care, and recommended preventive care benefits, including certain cancer screenings and contraception, which are available for free.
During this year’s Open Enrollment period (November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016), our partners on the ground are supporting local and national outreach efforts to help more women find a health insurance plan to meet their needs. In addition to their ongoing work to improve women’s health, our partner women’s organizations will host local enrollment events across the country and share information online and through social media about the expanded coverage and preventive services available to women.
This is part of a larger effort to get out the word. From small community health centers, to local governments, to issuers and big corporations, we’re seeing people invest in this Open Enrollment. And the White House has launched a Healthy Communities challenge – creating healthy competition among 20 communities nationwide to sign people up for coverage.
While today marks the end of Women’s Week of Action, the following groups, among others, will continue working every day through end of Open Enrollment (January 31, 2016) to enroll more women in quality, affordable health coverage.
Open Enrollment started November 1. Visit HealthCare.gov to enroll. Our consumer call-line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-318-2596. And people can sign up right in their communities. In-person help can be found online at LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov.
About Our Partners & Commitments
American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women
The American Heart Association (AHA) has been a partner of HHS for the past two Open Enrollments. Through the Go Red for Women campaign, AHA will distribute information about open enrollment and promote the importance of Well-Woman Visits to more than 500,000 women during the Women’s Week of Action.
For additional information on the campaign, follow AHA on Facebook and Twitter and view this blog post featuring Go Red For Women spokeswoman Maria Acereto’s story about how she gained coverage as a result of the ACA.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Delta Sigma Theta sorority has been a partner of HHS during Open Enrollment for the past two years. This year, Dr. Paulette Walker, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will record a national Public Service Announcement for the national organization for public distribution to kick-off women’s week for open enrollment. The PSA will be followed with a national Twitter Town-hall and the release of a Women’s Engagement Tool-kit in collaboration with Enroll America/Get Covered America.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continues to encourage chapters to host, collaborate and participate in enrollment events within their communities and especially on college campus across the nation. For more information visit their deltasigmatheta.org
Enroll America has been a partner of HHS for the past two Open Enrollments. This year, Enroll America is planning events for women across the country during the Open Enrollment Period – both digitally and on the ground. Enroll America will host events and use their leadership as surrogates throughout Open Enrollment.
Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition. For more information, visit enrollamerica.org.
National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy released an open enrollment article in late October through its online birth control support network, Bedsider. Bedsider offers information on the Marketplace and open enrollment on both its English-language site and its recently launched Spanish-language site. Both The National Campaign and Bedsider will share information throughout open enrollment through their social media channels.
For more information on the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, visit thenationalcampaign.org.
National Family Planning & Reproductive Association
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Association (NFPRHA) is providing outreach and enrollment support to its members, including grants to 10 member organizations to augment their enrollment efforts in a total of 37 health centers across 10 states. NFPRHA has a suite of enrollment resources designed to help family planning providers support outreach activity, including the “Enrollment in a Box” toolkit, patient focused brochures and information on Affordable Care Act basics.
The National Family Planning & Reproductive Association (NFPRHA) is a national membership organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators. For more information on the enrollment resources available through NFPRHA, visit nationalfamilyplanning.org.
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health has been a partner of HHS for the past 3 years. Along with the Latina Advocacy Networks, they are hosting community education events regarding the Affordable Care Act and enrollment events during this open enrollment period. In addition, they will share information throughout open enrollment on social media.
For more information about the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Latinas, please click here.
National Partnership for Women and Families
The National Partnership for Women and Families has been a partner of HHS for the past three Open Enrollments. This year, the National Partnership is utilizing social media to promote enrollment and encourage individuals to visit the Marketplace and enroll or reenroll in coverage.
The National Partnership’s Affordable Care Act web page, includes 19 updated fact sheets on topics such as Maintaining Health Coverage, Improving Care for Pregnant Women and New Parents, and Expanding Medicaid.
National Women's Law Center (NWLC)
This is the third year National Women’s Law Center is partnering with HHS for Open Enrollment. This year, NWLC is producing enrollment blogs focusing on target populations including part-time workers, military families leaving Tri-care and young women. NWLC will also host a Twitter chat with the Restaurants Opportunities Center targeting part-time women workers to educate them on what they should know about enrollment.
To find the NWLC’s updated enrollment toolkit with information on health insurance basics, choosing a health care plan that meets their needs and how to enroll in coverage, visit nwlc.org/enrollment.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA)
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been a partner of HHS during Open Enrollment for the past two years. This year, PPFA is promoting in-person assistance where available and sharing collateral material provided by local health centers, a consumer-facing email program and on social media. They will also drive traffic to both English and Spanish microsites by promoting information, tools and resources around enrollment so consumers are educated before visiting the marketplace.
For more information enrollment resources available through Planned Parenthood, visit plannedparenthood.org.
Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need (RWV)
For the third year, HHS is partnering with Raising Women's Voices for the Health Care We Need. This year, RWV is launching a national health literacy campaign during women’s week of action. HHS speakers were featured on a Nov. 9th conference call to launch the program, accompanied by a social media campaign. The RWV network of grassroots organizations is hosting enrollment events in Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
For more information on the enrollment resources available through RWV, visit raisingwomensvoices.net/how-to-enroll.
About the Health Insurance Marketplace
Open Enrollment runs until January 31, 2016, though if you want coverage on January 1, you need to sign up by December 15. Visit HealthCare.gov to enroll.
HHS partners with women’s organizations to get out the word to #GetCovered: http://1.usa.gov/1RU7mhR via @HHS.gov
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