Latinos urged to enroll in Obamacare as deadline nears

Latinos urged to enroll in Obamacare as deadline nears
Chart from PewHispanic.org

With the deadline to enroll for health insurance a month away, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson published an editorial Friday that said health care information will not be shared with immigration officials.

However, the undocumented are not eligible to purchase insurance for themselves under the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." But they can for U.S. citizen children or relatives who are legal permanent residents.

Undocumented youth who have deferred deportation under DACA are not eligible for the health plans.

It's important that everybody who lives in this country be able to purchase coverage. Diseases don't ask for green cards. The more people that pay for health care the healthier our country will become and the cost of insurance goes down.

Studies also show that if you have health insurance you also receive preventive care, which costs less than emergency care.

The reality is anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of all Latinos do not have health insurance.

There will be a Latino Enrollment Summit Saturday at Benito Juarez Community Academy in Pilsen to assist those eligible who want to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.  The deadline to enroll is March 31.

At the event they will give assistance about how to enroll for low-cost insurance plans. There also will be free health screenings.

Eligible people who do not sign up for health insurance will face a tax penalty when they file tax returns next year.

The only exception is if someone goes through a qualifying life event, such as marriage, divorce, birth of a child or loss of a job.

Re-enrollment will not resume until November 2015.

The event is sponsored by Enroll America and supporters include Alivio Medical Center, Pilsen Wellness Center, The Resurrection Project and Sinai Medical Center.

It takes place March 1 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1450 W. Cermak Road.

 

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