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Health Care

Obamacare was a good start, but we can do better.

Health care in the US honestly sucks right now. It can be hard not to feel hopeless when trying to find basic medical coverage and care. The whole system is confusing and it feels like almost every time you scroll through Twitter someone is trying to pay off their medical bills through a GoFundMe. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs lately with President Trump actively working to get rid of the Affordable Care Act.

The ACA, which is better known as Obamacare, was enacted in 2010. It was very popular for things like its protections for people with preexisting medical conditions. It was the most substantial expansion of Medicare and Medicaid that had been seen in the US in a long time. And while Trump keeps promising a new and improved plan, there is currently nothing in the works from the administration that could successfully replace the ACA if it is struck down by the courts or the Congress.

The ACA is a good first step to the comprehensive health care we all want but we still have a lot of work left to do! Almost any person you ask will tell you that they care about receiving adequate medical care and yet that is not reflected in the laws we see passed in this country. If we want to make an impact on the decisions that get made, we must do it at the polls. We can see a huge gap in what the electorate want vs what gets done. We cannot stress the importance of voting enough because the more our communities show up to the polls, the more policy will reflect what we think is important.


Latinx Health Disparities

Visit this site to learn more about findings and policy recommendations provided by the Brookings Institute on Latinx healthcare and health outcomes.

Community Health Online Resource Center Provided by the CDC

The Resource Center provides materials that describe why environmental changes are at the heart of making healthy living easier, and how to execute them. Tools available on the site include webinars, model policies, tool kits, databases and fact sheets.

CDC Resources

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the latest resources in the development of policies, research, and guidelines surrounding COVID-19 and it’s variants.

Vaccine Finder

To find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Find answers to your questions regarding the virus and get resources in Spanish as well.

How to Protect Yourself & Others

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site to find the latest CDC guidelines to protect yourself and your loved ones. You can also find tips for keeping your home safe, what to do if infected, and more at this site.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) - Glossary

Visit the Department of Health for information and quick links to learn more about the Affordable Care Act. The ACA provides lower cost of healthcare for families below the poverty line. Learn how to insure yourself and your family at this link.

Why You Should Get the Vaccine

After you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you can resume many activities that you did before the pandemic. You may be able to participate in activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. More information on the benefits of receiving the vaccine is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Funeral Assistance Funding

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is  dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus. Visit the FEMA website to learn about the  financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

COVID-19 Immigrant Resources - The Mission Asset Fund

The Mission Asset Fund is an in-house application that connects people directly to resources that they may be eligible for, saving time and effort navigating through complex programs and services. Visit their website to learn more about resources and assistance that may be available to you, including if you are undocumented.

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