Health Care for All

Health Care NursesEveryone in America deserves affordable, quality health care. A historic opportunity to cover more of the uninsured was created when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), when President Obama signed it, and when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the key provisions of the ACA as the law of the land. 
 
It is not just the law, but an acknowledgment that good health is a fundamental and guiding social value: providing health care insurance to everyone is an essential factor in creating a culture of health, where people live longer, healthier lives in healthy communities all across our diverse nation.
 
For nurses, the health insurance provisions of the ACA create an opportunity for leadership and service, helping patients and others in our communities understand the new options they have under the ACA, and showing them how to sign up for insurance through newly formed state and federal health exchanges. 
 
If you want to help currently uninsured and underinsured people in your community gain access to the health care they need, you will find valuable information in the links below.  Resources include fact sheets that will assist you in explaining the new opportunities in the ACA to our diverse population, and forms people need to fill out in order to apply for insurance through a health exchange.   
 
As the health professionals who spend the most time with patients, and who often serve as coordinators of care, nurses are well-positioned to provide useful guidance, during the enrollment phase of the ACA. 
 
The Campaign for Action encourages you to step up – and make a difference.
 

Resources

  • Healthcare.gov is the official consumer website for the Health Insurance Marketplace. Consumers can visit the website to learn about their health insurance options. 
     
  • HHS.gov/HealthCare provides links to factsheets that help explain the importance of health care coverage to various groups.  
     
  • Healthlawanswers.org is AARP’s personalized online tool helping people of all ages understand the benefits available under the Affordable Care Act so they can make the best decision for themselves and their families.
  • FinancialHelpForHealth.org information for real people about getting financial help to pay for their health insurance plan. 
     
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners has a guide on the Affordable Care Act, which includes information on what the ACA means for nurse practitioners and consumers. 
     
  • Enrollamerica.org partners with a wide variety of organizations to provide “best practices” for optimizing enrollment and provides outreach planning guides.
     
  • Voicesforcoverage.org is supporting state-based networks to bring the views of real people into the Health Care discussions.
     
  • Nurse.com has launched an ACA resource page with tools and information specifically for nurses.
  • Getcoveredamerica.org
  • Kaiser Family Foundation offers Youtoons Get Ready for Obamacare, which walks through the basic changes in the way consumers will get health coverage. 

 

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by Stefanie Cruz | February 15, 2014

Tags: communication, leadership, practice

Mary Dickow

Thank you for this important post. I will pass the link along to others in CA.
Posted on: September 20, 2013, 11:48 am

Victoria Vinton

Just posted on Nebraska's website www.neactioncoalition.org
Posted on: September 20, 2013, 1:22 pm

Stefanie Cruz

Thank you, Mary and Victoria! Appreciate your help sharing the post!
Posted on: September 21, 2013, 7:16 pm

tahlie g

Stefanie Cruz, I do believe everyone should have affordable and quality healthcare because we are all human. We do not expect to get ill; but, that is mother nature. Healthcare should be provided because it will allow everyone to live as long as possible to continue to grow with their family and friends. People should not be afraid to get routine check ups and not follow through with procedures they may need to survive. Money shouldn't stop someone from taking care of their health. Health insurance for everyone will allow people to feel at ease in taking care of their body. Thank you for sharing your post and providing us with the above resources. Tahlie Gordon
Posted on: March 7, 2014, 8:48 am

Tahlie Gordon

Stefanie Cruz, I do believe everyone should have affordable and quality healthcare because we are all human. We do not expect to get ill; but, that is mother nature. Healthcare should be provided because it will allow everyone to live as long as possible to continue to grow with their family and friends. People should not be afraid to get routine check ups and not follow through with procedures they may need to survive. Money shouldn't stop someone from taking care of their health. Health insurance for everyone will allow people to feel at ease in taking care of their body. Thank you for sharing your post and providing us with the above resources. Tahlie Gordon
Posted on: March 11, 2014, 1:27 pm

Frantz Gaspard

Hi Ms. Cruz, I appreciate reading your post and references to important resources it provides. As a future nurse, I am very concerned about the limits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the potential hardships the poor and certain uninsured individuals might experience from its full implementation. For instance, the law does not provide coverage to the millions of illegal immigrants. Also, it does not directly address the significant financial burden medical malpractice cases impose on the healthcare system; this law simply shifts this issue to the states to directly alter and remedy. Moreover, a lot of Americans are completely opposed to the implementation of law and people who support it are not enrolling at the rate the Obama administration has anticipated. Furthermore, I’ve read that a lot of hospitals and some healthcare providers are declining to accept plans purchased through the state and federal exchanges. Further, a lot of people do not qualify for federal subsidies or cannot afford to defray the premiums of the ACA-approved plans. Finally, I am concerned about the many existing health insurance plans that will be canceled due to their noncompliance with the minimum standards of the affordable care act. I am very concerned about how divided the county is about the ACA, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Last June, the Court by a narrow 5-4 decision upheld some key provisions of the Affordable Care Act; namely, the Court said that the requirement that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty fell under the ambit of Congress’s power to levy taxes. Similarly, it upheld under the same rationale the requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance. However, the Court struck down the law’s mandate that states participate in the joint federal-state program (expansion of Medicaid) that provides health care to poor and disabled individuals. Organizations, certain states and politicians, and other entities will continue to fight for the complete repeal of ACA, and I am afraid that they will succeed in their efforts, causing ultimately more headaches for the poor, uninsured, and other adversely affected individuals. If, in a subsequent court challenge of the ACA one of the justices in the majority changed his/her vote, then this law would be in serious trouble. A similar fate might happen if the politicians opposing this law become a majority in Congress and occupy the White House and vote to repeal this law. I think that the nursing profession needs to think about these issues and take action to prevent their occurrence. I’d like to also see the nursing profession take action to strengthen ACA and other state insurance laws that recognize access to high quality health care as a fundamental right deserving of full protection and funding. The ACA is a step in the right direction, albeit a limited one. I definitely intend to do my part to support efforts to secure reasonable access to healthcare to every individual.
Posted on: March 14, 2014, 1:48 pm

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