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Topic: Culture of Coverage

Employer-based insurance and its automatic disenrollment at job loss, or when a child reached age 18, created many barriers to continued coverage; and for many, continuation of coverage was not attainable or affordable. A key tenet of health reform is to shift the culture to one where being covered, and making effective use of health services, is not only affordable, but also the expectation and the norm for all.

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Linking Justice-Involved Youth with Healthcare

This January 2014 resource guide from Illinois state government describes strategies for connecting young adults in the criminal justice system with health insurance coverage.

A Job Change Doesn’t Have to Mean Losing Health Coverage

This September 2014 blog post on explains that people who have lost job-based insurance can qualify for a special enrollment period, allowing them to enroll in a Marketplace plan.

ACA Opens Doors for Populations with HIV/AIDS and Justice-Involved

This March 2014 Health Affairs article addresses the needs of the 1.1 million Americans living with HIV/AIDS and the 11.6 million who cycle through the nation’s 3,300 local and county jails every year. It notes that ome have argued the ACA renders the Ryan White Program redundant, and that 95% of those incarcerated return to the community without coverage.

How to Keep Marketplace Health Insurance

This Families USA fact sheet explains the steps needed to keep health insurance purchased on the health insurance marketplace. These steps include paying premiums, keeping information up to date, and renewing coverage every year.

How Millions Got Covered

By April 2014, more than 12 million people had found new or more affordable coverage through the Marketplaces and Medicaid. This report from Community Catalyst, “Connecting Consumers to Coverage: Mobilizing for Enrollment,” showcases the many successful strategies employed throughout the country by consumer health advocates and their partners.

Women’s Health Coverage: Early Experiences with the ACA

This Kaiser Family Foundation survey details findings that include information about delaying care due to cost, recent check-ups, education about preventive services available without coinsurance or copayment, and use of contraception.

Lessons from Open Enrollment

This survey by Enroll America showed that knowledge barriers inhibited some people from enrolling the first round, as well as high interest in the next round. The article highlights the importance of encouraging moms to enroll young adults, providing the Latino community with more information and enrollment help, and continuing to educate the public about the ACA.

February 2014 Health Tracking Poll

This poll, from Kaiser Family Foundation discusses findings relating to consumer choice in narrow versus large networks and plan costs, and consumer opinion of the Affordable Care Act.

A Culture of Coverage for Justice-Involved Adults in Illinois

A resource guide for implementing the ACA for criminal justice personnel in Illinois from the Illinois Healthcare Implementation Council. It outlines when and how to best link justice involved individuals with the services they need, and provides resources and materials about enrolling justice-involved adults in health benefits.

Prevention and Health Reform: Bringing Health to Where We Live, Learn, Work, Pray and Play

This presentation by Jeffrey Levi, PhD, of Trust for America’s Health, was made in January 2012 before the JHHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. It focuses on the role of prevention to complement the ACA in moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness, and highlights the role of faith-based groups. See also this analogous TEDMED video

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