The White House, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Congreso held a fully bi-lingual community forum to discuss the CuidadoDeSalud.Gov website and the Affordable Care Act. The event was well attended by clients, staff, and other community members.
Here are some remarks and clarifications about the Affordable Care Act and the commitment of the Department of Health & Human Services to community health initiatives (English & Spanish):
Here is a demonstration of the CuidadoDeSalud.Gov website (English & Spanish):
We hope you will pass on this website as a resource to your clients, family, and friends. The site details insurance options, disease prevention resources, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the Affordable Care Act will take effect between now and 2014.
Here are the Q&As from the forum attendees:
Q: When does the Affordable Care Act go into affect?
A: The main provisions and protections of the Act are already in effect now. The
Q: Will the Affordable Care Act likely be repealed by a new Congress?
A: Part of the responsibility of the Department of Health & Human Services is to defend the law from any attacks.
Q: Will the Department of Health & Human Services subsidize continuing education for health care professionals and patient education through community organizations?
A: The Department of Health & Human Services wants the “continuum of care” to begin in the community where all other needs are met. This includes medical teams that include doctors, nurse practitioners,etc. To that end, the Department will invest $15 Billion dollars in public health prevention initiatives.
Q: If someone applies for insurance with a pre-existing condition, can they be refused?
A: Right now, children with pre-existing conditions CANNOT be refused insurance coverage. Starting in 2014, Adults will also have the same protection. There are also current plans locally, like PA Fair Care that help adults with pre-existing conditions. Information about plans like PA Fair Care in Spanish can be accessed through the CuidadoDeSalud.Gov website.
Do you have any other questions about how Congreso’s plans for primary health care? Please contact Jennifer Atlas at email@example.com