By Courtney Hendrix, Communications Specialist
By the end of this month Congress and President Obama will have made critical economic, political, and social decisions that will impact our country for years to come. In addition to the prospect of escalating conflict in Syria and our role in events, expiration of the 2013 Farm Bill extension on September 27th, and expiration of the latest 2013 Continuing Resolution on September 30th is something new that many across the country can look forward to: open enrollment for health insurance beginning October 1st.
If you have not yet heard of open enrollment, you’re not alone. Nearly 40% of the U.S. population is unaware that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) was even signed into law, and almost half the population feels they lack the information to understand how the legislation impacts them and their families. There is no doubt that ACA is complex and that we will face challenges as it continues to be unrolled. However, this next critical phase begins in less than a month and there is much work to be done to connect people to the resources they need to make informed decisions. This is why on September 9th, CFJC will launch an ACA social media campaign in an effort to disseminate information and encourage enrollment.
At CFJC, we strongly believe in basic human necessities such as access to quality food, education, housing and health care coverage. The ACA can be a tool to protect the innate human right to healthcare coverage while underscoring the fact that not everyone has access to health insurance. Despite the issues we face at home and abroad, it’s important we remember to take care of ourselves and each other. We encourage you to talk about health reform with your family, friends, and co-workers—What does it mean? Who is qualified for coverage? How much will it cost?
CFJC will continue to monitor the implementation of ACA, and we will follow up with our partners working directly with and in communities to learn how we can support their efforts in this next critical phase of enrollment, and beyond.
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