HHS hosts a Latinos and the Affordable Care Act conference call

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The White House and HHS is hosting an informative teleconference on Latinos and the ACA Friday, September 27, 2013 to highlight the contributions of Hispanic Americans and raising awareness about Latinos and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month (September 15-October 15).

The conference call will focus on what the Affordable Care Act means to the broader Latino community as well as ways you can educate, engage, and enroll Latinos in the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

As Enrollment Day (October 1, 2013) fast approaches, the Latino community and especially young Latinos stand to benefit from access to affordable and easily accessible health insurance. For instance, young adults have the highest rate of uninsured than any age group (about 30%, or more than 1 in 5) and the lowest rate of access to employer-based insurance. Therefore, many young adults, including young Latinos, are at risk of not having the coverage they need if they fall ill or are diagnosed with an illness. The ACA aims to rectify this problem. This historic legislation provides health and financial security to young adults through access to affordable health insurance that covers their unique health needs.

Did you know:

Most young adults can stay on their parents’ health plan up to the age 26. 913,000 Latino young adults between ages 19 and 25 who would have been uninsured now have coverage under a parent’s employer-sponsored or individually purchased health plan.
Young adults not covered by their parents may be eligible to get financial assistance to pay for insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

An estimated 9.8% of adolescents age 12-17 lack health insurance and 4.7% have no usual source of health care. The law requires all states to cover children up to age 19 with family incomes below 133% of the Federal Poverty Threshold through the Medicaid program.

To learn more about how the ACA benefits you and to get ready for open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

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