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The Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is upon us.  Also known as ObamaCare, its promise is that health insurance will be more affordable and available to more Americans.  If you are fully covered by your employer’s health plan you may ignore this information.  If not, read on:


MOMS → from the National Women’s Law Center – launching Oct. 1st

NWLC is launching to be a tool moms can use to gently nudge their adult children to enroll at  via customizable tweets, posts on the their Facebook walls, or emails.  Moms can also sign up to be part of a collective enrollment reminder (aka Thunderclap) a week before the marketplaces close.  For information on how your organization can use this tool and track your supporters use of it, contact Amanda Hooper at

GRANDPARENTS → Nudge Your Kid About Getting Health Insurance – from AARP

Send an e-card today.  Starting Oct. 1, your big kid(s) will have new health insurance options. Remind them to check out their choices. And they’ll make Mom, Dad, even Grammy oh so proud! (Six types of cards to choose from.)  Spanish version.

HEALTH PROVIDERS → Coverage is Good Medicine: How to Answer Patient Questions About New Insurance Marketplaces — Ten webinars on Oct. 1st!
        Doctors for America
and partner organizations are hosting lots of webinars to train doctors, medical students, and other health care providers on the basics so they can be Coverage Champions for their community. They’re doing ten throughout the day on Oct. 1st. Webinars are CME approved for 1.0 AAFP Prescribed Credits.

 SMALL BUSINESS → Coverage Guide from Small Business Majority

Available in English and Spanish.  Everything small business owners and their advisors need to know about offering health insurance. An unbiased resource on cost estimates, tax savings, coverage options, legal rights, and more.  Also, Small Business Majority is co-hosting with the SWBA an ongoing series of webinars for small businesses – see schedule here.

Fact-checking from Media Matters Combats Right-wing Misinformation

Every day the Media Matters team monitors and tackles on the airwaves and online  misinformation from the right wing media as it goes into overdrive in anticipation of the Oct 1 enrollment start.  Go to and type "health care" to see the attacks and how to counteract them.  Send news tips about misinformation to  Here’s a sample from today: Four Fox Lies About Seniors’ Obamacare Coverage.

Report just released: Anti-Obamacare States Launch Attack to Sabotage Navigators, Block Americans’ Right to Affordable Health Benefits

This new report (released 9/26/13) from Health Care for American Now (HCAN)documents laws and regulations established in at least 13 states to prevent navigators from providing unbiased advice to millions of Americans enrolling in Obamacare health insurance plans. Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin are home to 17 million uninsured people eligible for coverage under the ACA.

Single Payer Activists Guide to the ACA – coming mid-October

HealthCare-Now! is publishing this guide, which will be available from their website, and also organizing their annual Strategy Conference  which takes place in Nashville, TN on Oct. 5-6.  Just announcedkeynote by Frances Fox Piven on lessons from social movements that transformed American life.

Social media graphics from Enroll America – Embargoed until 12:01 on Oct. 1!

A number of national groups will be using these as their profile picture including SEIU, Planned Parenthood, and others.  Check out the new and improved as of today, 9/26/13.  For more info: Jessica Barbara Brown at

Navigators and In-Person Assisters Resource Center

Families USA  host this site to provide up-to-date information on funding, training, and lots of resources as these become available — subscribe to the Navigator and Assister Interest Group to receive updates.

Consumer Reports New Health Law Helper is live:

Also, Consumer Reports will have a new guide to health reform, focused on open enrollment, ready for orders by Oct. 1st.  See the current guide and check back for the new guide in October at

CBPP Report: Delaying the Individual Mandate Would Result in Millions More Uninsured and Higher Premiums

Issued by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  on Sept. 12th.  Excerpts from conclusion:  "Millions more people would remain uninsured.  It would also drive up premiums sharply in the reformed individual market inside and outside the new exchanges, as well as disrupt exchange operations just as open enrollment is starting.  Policymakers should firmly reject any attempt to attach such a delay to legislation to avert a government default or shutdown or to any other "must pass" legislation."


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