What is the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? How does it affect me? Do I need to buy insurance? All important questions, and all questions that Mano en Mano staff Edith Flores and Bethany Woods have been trained to answer.
Working on a project called ReINFORMA! for the last two years, supported by the Maine Migrant Health Program, Edith and Bethany were trained in and did outreach to immigrants and their families on the changes to Maine State law around access to healthcare — and public benefits like MaineCare and Food Stamps — and how it affects them.
This year, the ReINFORMA project focused heavily on the new Affordable Care Act Reforms set to take place in 2014, and Edith and Bethany underwent extensive training around what the Affordable Care Act is, how it functions, and how it affects individuals and families. The purpose of this project is to provide unbiased, factual information and education on what the Affordable Care Act is and means, how to find out what you qualify for, and how to apply. Staff then refer individuals to certified Navigators and Certified Application Counselors who are trained to help people find out what their premiums would be and apply for insurance. Edith and Bethany have been working hard to host community meetings and do individual outreach with clients and members of the community about all of the healthcare reforms.
“The most important part of this project is explaining to the community what the law is and how it affects individuals, and providing tools for people to inform themselves,” said Bethany. “Once we understand how the ACA functions, we can make the best decision for ourself or our family.”
Edith and Bethany are available to meet with any interested individual to provide more information or to host community meetings and informational workshops in English or Spanish. Contact us if you are interested.