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Provider and Hospital Week of Action: Health Care Providers Working to Help Americans Get Covered

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As the lead for provider and hospital engagement at HHS, I am so appreciative of all that providers and hospitals have done during this year’s Open Enrollment!

This week is Provider and Hospital Week of Action for 2016 Open Enrollment. As the final January 31 deadline approaches, HHS is partnering with more than 25 hospital and provider associations, community health centers and local groups to encourage their patients to sign up for quality, affordable health coverage. Partnering organizations have committed to reaching more than 500,000 providers and hospitals throughout the week, who in turn will work with millions of consumers nationwide to promote Open Enrollment.

At HHS, we rely on primary care physicians, specialists, nurses, ob-gyns, social workers, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other health care providers to educate their patients on the importance of health insurance. Health care providers know better than anyone that accidents do happen, and they’re often the most trusted voices when it comes to safeguarding our health and wellness. We need our partners in the community, in health centers, medical offices and in hospitals to work with patients directly to make sure they can find the peace of mind of health coverage for 2016. This year, HHS worked to strengthen these relationships by collaborating with our partners to create the ACA Pocket Guide for Providers and the Prescription for Coverage card, new tools that help providers initiate important conversations on how to sign-up, maintain, and use their coverage.

Organizations like the American Osteopathic Association, National Association of Community Health Centers, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Physicians, Trinity Health, America’s Essential Hospitals, American Hospital Association and Catholic Health Initiatives are holding enrollment events in their communities, engaging on social media and reaching out to their memberships, representing thousands of hospitals and providers nationwide, to provide them with the tools they need to help individuals and families get covered. 

Specific Highlights include:

  • On Tuesday, the American Osteopathic Association, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Enroll America PA and HHS hosted a lunch and learn and phone bank with Osteopathic students in Philadelphia.
  • American College of Physicians, American Hospital Association, Ascension Health and National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health sent the provider pocket cards to their memberships.
  • The National Association of Community Health Centers has CHCs across the country hosting enrollments events in the community including:
  • Christian Community Health Center in Chicago, IL
  • St. Mary’s Hospital and Athens Neighborhood Clinic in Athens, GA
  • Los Barrios Unidos in Dallas, TX
  • Family Practice and Counseling Network and Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers in Philadelphia, PA
  • ·         Trinity Health produced a video highlighting enrollment success stories.

  • St. Mary's Medical Center offered enrollment information and access the entire week beginning January 18 at three Pennsylvania locations
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, America’s Essential Hospitals, American Hospital Association, American Nurses Association, Doctor’s for America, Enroll America, Men’s Health Network, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health's, Out2Enroll and Providence Health & Services participated in the #EngagedProviders Twitter chat on Thursday.

To kick off this week of action, Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield and Sister Carol Keehan, President of the Catholic Health Association sent thousands of providers and hospitals the following message:

As the lead for provider and hospital engagement at HHS, I am so appreciative of all that providers and hospitals have done and continue to do during this year’s Open Enrollment! I look forward to continued opportunities to continue to engage on this and other important issues facing our healthcare system.

There are ten days left! Open Enrollment ends January 31, 2016. 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.

Provider and Hospital Week of Action participating organizations include:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • American College of Physicians
  • America’s Essential Hospitals 
  • American Hospital Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Ascension Health
  • Athens Neighborhood Clinic
  • Catholic Health Association
  • Catholic Health Initiatives
  • Christian Community Health Center 
  • Community Health Centers, Inc.
  • Community Health and Social Services (CHASS) Center, Inc
  • Doctors for America
  • Enroll America 
  • Family Practice and Counseling Network
  • Los Barrios Unidos
  • Men’s Health Network
  • National Association of Community Health Centers
  • National Association of Social Workers 
  • National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health
  • National League of Nurses
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Providence Health & Services
  • St. Mary’s Hospital
  • St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Trinity Health 

#EngagedProviders and hospitals are key to our efforts to help Americans know about their options to #GetCovered → http://1.usa.gov/1PncYUY

 

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