|AMHP TO SPEAK WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA
AMHP has been invited by The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to join President Obama on a call to discuss the ACA outreach efforts. The White Office has recognized AMHP's efforts in bringing awareness to the Muslim communities around the US about their health care options. As health professionals, it is our responsibility to educate members of our community about what the health care law means for them and how to explore their options to #GetCovered in the health insurance marketplace. We would like to thank all our members, volunteers, staff and board members for their continued efforts and dedication to this
Connecting Muslims to Coverage
A Word from the Program Manager: Khadija Gurnah
I have worked on Medicaid outreach and enrollment for several years. It is a rewarding job but also a heart breaking one when I am unable to help people who come to me looking for help in finding health insurance. When people I am working with don’t qualify for Medicaid, they are often stuck without insurance and have to forgo essential healthcare visits. Buying private health insurance has been beyond the means of the uninsured.
A low point for me was when I spoke to a gentleman who had lost his wife to cancer and also lost his health insurance as he was on disability and couldn’t work and had been covered by his late wife’s insurance plan. His disability was enough to live on but meant he earned too much for Medicaid but too little to be able to pay for health insurance. I am sure that as you read this, many of you will know of a friend or family member who has to chose between paying bills or paying for medication or essential health care visits.
The Affordable Care Act was an important turning point for those of us working on addressing the problem of uninsurance. Not only was Medicaid expanded in many states, but the Health Insurance Market Place was created to provide people with real options for buying private health insurance. Insurance plans on the Market Place cover a comprehensive set of benefits including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, and prescriptions. Unlike the plans that had to be discontinued under the ACA provisions, the plans in the Marketplace must treat you fairly; they can not deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. With a single application, you will find out if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program or savings you can use right away to lower your health insurance premiums.
It is a great honor for me to be able to work with the American Muslim Health Professionals on raising awareness on the ACA. It gives me the opportunity to reach people who previously had no avenue in finding affordable health insurance.
A Partnership to Connect Muslims to Coverage
With the roll out of the Health Insurance Marketplace in October 2013, the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Enroll America to ensure that Muslims across the United States are aware of and connected to health insurance coverage provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
AMHP has been creating a network of liaisons to coordinate local outreach in Muslim communities that follows a two-prong approach on a grassroots and national level:
- Outreach and Education: Collaborating with Enroll America to provide community leaders with accurate information about Health Insurance Marketplaces in their state. All our liaisons are well known in their communities, making them effective cultural ambassadors for the ACA.
- Enrollment Opportunities: Ensure individuals enroll in an insurance plan by connecting Navigators to events in community settings.
- Work with other Muslim leaders on Muslim Enrollment Weekend March 7 – March 9, 2014
- Contextualize outreach materials so that they are meaningful and relevant to Muslim community leaders and members.
- Work with our partners to provide cultural competency training on the Islamic faith.
Muslim Enrollment Weekend
Weekend of Action for Health Care : March 7th-9th
for Muslim organizations, Masjids, and leaders to come together to host informational and/or enrollment events.
We are asking you to join this national effort of Muslim Enrollment Weekend to raise awareness of the coverage under the new health law and help facilitate enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Please share this information with other health professionals and urge them to plan their own enrollment events, share on social media, and get involved.For more ideas on how to take part in this national event, guidance on how to organize enrollment events and templates, see the Muslim Enrollment Weekend Guide
or visit http://www.amhp.us/getcovered
If you have any questions about Muslim Enrollment Weekend or wish to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you will join us in working together on this important effort for providing community members with acce
ss to health insurance.