Action Alert: This Valentine’s Day, Tell Your Representatives in Congress to Have a Heart and Save Our Health Care

HeartsMembers of Congress are debating a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and major cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and other health coverage programs. We know consumers are looking for ways to get involved in the fight for health care.

This Valentine’s Day, HCFANY and partners are launching a Valentine’s Day campaign. Here are the different ways you can participate:

  • Use one of the sample Valentines or make your own and mail them to the district offices of your representative in Congress
  • Use one of the sample Twitter “tiles” and tweet a message to your elected officials on Valentine’s Day asking them to have a heart and save our health care. A list of Twitter handles for New York members of Congress can be found here.
  • If your representative in Congress is already supportive of the ACA, this is a great opportunity to say thank you!

Sample messages and hash tags:

  • This Valentine’s Day, have a heart. Save our health care.
  • Thank you for showing the ACA some love. Happy Valentine’s Day.
  • #SaveOurHealthCare
  • #ProtectOurCare
  • #IfILoseCoverage

 

WowLast week, the NY State of Health (NYSOH), New York’s official health plan Marketplace, announced that more than 3.6 million New Yorkers have enrolled in health coverage through NYSOH. This represents an increase of 28 percent since January 2016. More than 45,000 New Yorkers enrolled in the final two days of the 2017 open enrollment period.

According to the press release, more than 242,000 people enrolled in Qualified Health Plans, and nearly 60 percent qualified for federal subsidies to make monthly premiums more affordable.

The release also highlights the major success of the Essential Plan, New York’s Basic Health Plan, which now has more than 665,000 New Yorkers enrolled – a 75 percent increase since last year.

There are also more than 2.4 million New Yorkers enrolled in Medicaid through the Marketplace and nearly 300,000 enrolled in Child Health Plus.

Open enrollment has ended, but New Yorkers eligible for Medicaid, Child Health Plus, or Essential Plan coverage can enroll at any time through the NYSOH website. If you need help enrolling, Navigators are available to provide in-person assistance. Please visit https://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/IPANavigatorSiteLocations or call (888) 614-5400 to find a Navigator in your area.

joinusGuest Blog by Mark Hannay, Director, Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign

Health Care is Under Attack in Congress! It’s “all hands on deck” BIG time!

Join HCFANY at our upcoming annual meeting next Monday, January 23 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1199 SEIU, 155 Washington Street, in Albany. Please register here.

Highlights will include:

  • Special keynote speaker: Dr. David Sandman, President and CEO, NYS Health Foundation
  • Presentation of HCFANY’s Annual “Consumer Health Care Champion” Award to Assmblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes. AM Peoples-Stokes has been a key leader for health care justice, serving on both the Health and Insurance Committees, and within the leadership of the legislature’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Caucus.

Important topics to be discussed:

  • The immediate fights over the future of the ACA and reproductive health care
  • The coming fights over Medicare, Medicaid, and Child Health Plus
  • Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2017-18 budget
  • HCFANY’s 2017 policy agenda for New York
  • New York’s continued push toward health system transformation:  DSRIP, SHIP, PHIP, and value-based payment

 

Register NOW! 

 

Any questions?  Contact Taylor Frazier at tfrazier@cssny.org ot 212.614.5541

More info at www.hcfany.org

 

BE THERE!

 

CelebrateNew York State’s official health plan Marketplace, the NY State of Health (NYSOH), announced this morning that more than 3.4 million New Yorkers have signed up for health coverage as of December 24, 2016. This represents more than a 22 percent increase in Marketplace participation since the end of the 2016 open enrollment period, and there is still almost a month left to enroll.

According to the press release, enrollment has increased in all 62 of New York’s counties and nearly 18 percent of the state population is now enrolled through NYSOH.

The release also notes the incredible success of New York’s Basic Health Plan, branded the Essential Plan, which now has more than 635,000 individuals enrolled.

Open enrollment continues through January 31, 2017. You can enroll in health coverage through the NYSOH website. If you need help enrolling, Navigators are available to provide in-person assistance. Please visit https://info.nystateofhealth.ny.gov/IPANavigatorSiteLocations or call (888) 614-5400 to find a Navigator in your area.