27 Days Left to Enroll For Health Coverage!
Dear NCNW Family,
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) focuses on three organizational priority areas: Health, Education, and Economic Empowerment. This year especially, we continue to educate, empower and promote healthy lifestyle choices for all African American women, their families and their communities. Did you know that 1 in 5 African Americans does not have health insurance?
Having health insurance is a necessary and needed first step to maintain a healthy life. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), millions of Americans, including 18.6 million women who are uninsured, will now have access to affordable health insurance. The Health Care Law protects women in many ways: Women cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition; The law requires coverage of well-woman visits at no cost to women; And women's health coverage must include pregnancy and newborn care, in addition to many other benefits.
The deadline to enroll for health insurance coverage is March 31, 2014! Whether you know it as Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act, or the Health Insurance Marketplace, it all means the same thing; For the first time in history, every American is eligible to receive affordable or, in some cases, no cost health insurance coverage.
Please visit www.healthcare.gov to enroll today, or call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day, to reach a live operator who will assist you.
There are many health disparities that disproportionately affect the African American community, including diabetes, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, and many chronic illnesses. Equal and affordable access to health care coverage is life changing and life-saving.
I am asking all NCNW Members and Affiliates to share this information and continue your efforts to fill critical gaps in our communities to ensure that the uninsured get enrolled in the remaining weeks!
Be well and be proactive.
Ingrid Saunders Jones
National Chair, NCNW
Chair's Message on the State of the Organization 2013