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Latino Summit Aims to Bridge Affordable Care Act Insurance Barriers

Local health organizations join forces to engage community leaders during Hispanic Heritage Month, encouraging them to spread the word about getting covered

CHARLOTTE - In an effort to bridge the barriers Latinos have faced in learning about new health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, Camino Community Center, Get Covered America and Legal Services of Southern Piedmont will host a Latino Affordable Care Act Summit at Camino Community Center on Tuesday, September 23, at 5:30 p.m. The summit takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15.

With the second open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace approaching in November, the organizations will educate Mecklenburg County Latino community leaders about Affordable Care Act insurance and encourage them to have conversations about affordable healthcare options with members of their community.  They would like uninsured Latinos to be informed about how to find, use, and keep new health care options available under the Affordable Care Act.

Effectively engaging the Latino community is very important to the organizations, as research shows there is need for more education. After the first open enrollment period Enroll America and PerryUndem conducted a national survey, finding that the Latino community has faced significant obstacles to learning about the healthcare options available to them. Among Latinos who remain uninsured, 41% believed that they would not be able to afford health insurance—but 78% did not know about the opportunities for financial assistance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. A quarter of uninsured Latinos believed they wouldn’t be eligible for coverage, even though they can enroll if they have legal immigration status. And although Latinos who got covered benefitted from the availability of in-person assistance, 66% did not know they could receive free expert help with the enrollment process in their community.

About Get Covered America and Enroll America

Get Covered America is a national campaign of Enroll America that is focused on educating consumers about the benefits of health coverage and the new health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act. With operations in 11 states (AZ, FL, GA, IL, MI, NC, NJ, OH, PA, TN, and TX), our grassroots team is powered by passionate staff and volunteers with one motivating goal: to give Americans the information they need to choose an affordable health insurance plan that’s right for them and their families.

Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, bringing together community and health organizations, businesses and others to inform consumers about the new health coverage options and how to enroll in them. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

About Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont’s mission is to ensure a full measure of justice for those in need, providing a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central N.C. LSSP accomplishes its mission through a variety of legal advocacy strategies including individual advice and representation, community education and outreach, representation of groups, self-help remedies, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and impact litigation. www.lssp.org

***** Please RSVP by emailing press@enrollamerica.org *****

What: Affordable Care Act Insurance Latino Summit

Where: Camino Community Center, 133 Stetson Dr., Charlotte 28262

When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Who:  Get Covered America staff and volunteers
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
Camino Community Center
Charlotte Latino Community leaders

Local contact: Madison Hardee

How: To RSVP or for more details, please e-mail press@enrollamerica.org.

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