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|