As I comment to you periodically, despite the logistical difficulties imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, our Hispanic Federation continues to offer assistance with enrollment in the ACA program, which stands for Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. That is, health coverage for the entire population by enrolling in a variety of health insurance plans.
“It is important to note that ACA is in an open enrollment period that began on November 1 and will end on January 31, 2021,” he says. Liliana Melgar Hoyos, Senior Director of Health Operations for the Hispanic Federation. “People who have registered before December 15 have medical coverage from the first day of this year, while those who have registered since the 15 of last month or do so until January 15, will enjoy the benefits of their health plans from February 1 next ”.
Both the extension of the registration period and the help that our organization provides are especially important during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which according to data from the New York City government, almost one in four Latinos and Latinas lost their jobs. For some, lack of work means loss of health insurance, and for all loss of income.
“At the Hispanic Federation,” adds Liliana Melgar Hoyos, “we offer help with enrollment in four health plans: Medicaid, Child Health Plus, the Essential Plan, and qualified plans. The documents that people should have on hand when they complete the registration process are proof of address and income, and identity documents for each person or family member ”.
Finally, those interested in receiving more information about the help they can get from the Hispanic Federation regarding ACA can call our Toll-Free Health Insurance Help Line at 1-833-656-2626. There you can leave your names and phone numbers in Spanish or English, and our staff will contact you as soon as possible.
To learn more about other Hispanic Federation activities, call our bilingual line at 1-866-HFAYUDA, or 1-866-432-9832.
You can also visit http://www.hispanicfederation.org, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Let’s celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Hispanic Federation together, and see you next column!
-Frankie Miranda is the president of the Hispanic Federation