Educating the Uninsured about the Affordable Care Act

An article in the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Nursing highlights the different ways states, agencies, and associations are spreading the news about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to uninsured residents. The article features the partnership between AARP and the Phoenix chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) to inform as many eligible Arizonans as possible about the ACA. Nurses were trained to cover topics such as insurance definitions (co-payment, deductible, etc.), the range of plans the marketplace provides, and the tax credits available to offset the costs of premiums. They also were trained to help people understand the consequences of each option. Adriana Perez, chairperson of the education at the NAHN Phoenix chapter and Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, stated, “We inform them of the tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies and say, ‘Don't just look for the cheapest plan, because if you need a lot of health care, you'll have more out-of-pocket costs over the long term.’ They have to understand affordability.”

Read the full American Journal of Nursing article here. To learn more about how you can get involved in educating your community on the Affordable Care Act, visit the Health Care for All webpage. 

by Campaign for Action | December 10, 2013

Tags: education, arizona

Chinasa Ndumele

This is quite an interesting article. I sometimes come across people in the clinical environment who do not have health insurance and I often wonder how they will progress in the next few months to obtaining healthcare. It is especially important for persons who do not have healthcare to make this transition effectively, and in order to do so sources of information must be available. I am glad to see that there are ways in which this is being done so that everyone has a chance for the best outcome with the Affordable Care Act.
Posted on: December 16, 2013, 7:56 am

Theresa Angeles

Thanks for bringing to light an important article about the Affordable Care Act written by AJN this past December. It highlighted the significance of education and teaching the uninsured Americans about what the Act offers and what various states are doing to inform them about items as simple as definitions, to a helpful view of ways to compare different plans and tax incentives available to them. With the deadline to enroll approaching fast, I believe many Americans are scrambling to figure out how much they can afford per month for healthcare and which plan can offer them the best coverage. Healthcare coverage is a topic that many individuals don’t like to think about but it’s good to know that there are educators, including physicians and nurses, who are stressing the importance of obtaining coverage and assisting those that need it by showing them there are various ways to enroll, whether it be online, via phone, or in-person. I know the media is currently focused on the “numbers” right now and how many people have enrolled, but the true measure will come in the future as premiums are paid and the healthcare of the nation overall improves. Thanks again for the informative post.
Posted on: March 30, 2014, 2:31 pm


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