Salud, Dinero y Amor… Health, Money and Love… Ever wonder if there’s a reason why we say those three words in that particular order?
As usual, our grandmas knew all along: La salud es lo primero. (Health is always first.) Yet, for many of us who are in relatively good health, this is usually something we don’t pay attention to until there’s some sort of emergency. It’s borderline insanity, really: We put our bodies on hold until after we’re done with helping the family, getting that promotion or (_fill in the blanks_)… And those are the very things we can’t get to when we’re sick! Well, I say it’s time to stop the insanity and make our grandmas proud!
The countdown to the New Year is a great time to reexamine our attitudes towards health and health insurance in general, and to start paying attention to our bodies once and for all. The reasons why we should are many, among them:
- We are one of America’s most disproportionately uninsured populations. In fact, even after last year’s successful push for enrolling Latinos on the Affordable Care Act marketplace, as many as 1 in 4 of the U.S. uninsured population is Latino
- Latinas have disproportionate rates of cervical cancer, which they contract at 1.6 times the rate of white women
- As an ethnic group, we face higher rates of the risk factors that can lead to heart disease, such as obesity and diabetes
Under the Affordable Care Act, preventive services like well-child visits, colonoscopies, Pap smears, mammograms, and many other services are now available with no cost-sharing for children and adults. So there really is no excuse not to take care of your health. If the peace of mind that comes from enjoying good health and staying productive is not incentive enough to want to get covered, think of it this way: You’d never buy a house, a car or even your cell phone (!!) and not get them insured, would you? Then why would you risk your own health and that of your family? You simply can’t afford to do without anymore!
A healthy body, free from illness, injury or pain, means more productivity, wellbeing, and longevity. And TOMORROW you have a chance to do it right. If you didn’t know, December 15th at 12 midnight PST it will be the first deadline for this enrollment period to obtain or renew health insurance coverage that starts on January 1st, 2015.
Here’s what you need to do to make sure you start the new year on the right foot:
- Visit Healthcare.gov (English) or Cuidado De Salud (Spanish)
- Find your State’s marketplace website
- Get in person help. You can find in person help by going to LocalHelp.Healthcare.gov
- Call the 24/7 marketplace helpline 1-800-318-2596
- Get one-on-one support when you attend one of hundreds of enrollment summits happening all around the country. You can RSVP to attend one near you at Enroll America’s website
- Help us spread the word! Participate in our tweet storm all day TOMORROW as we remind people of the deadline and the benefits of getting coverage! Share your ACA tips and stories with your followers and our Latino coalition using hashtags #Asegurate and #GetCovered
- Check out the latest Tweetchat convo for links to bilingual information and resources on how to enroll by tomorrow’s deadline
Heading into the New Year, as you start formulating the *requisite* wishes and resolutions, keep in mind that most quintessential and well intentioned of Latino phrases: “Salud, Dinero y Amor,” and give your health the priority it deserves as the most priceless of assets. With your Salud taken care of, you’ll be able to better enjoy the other two wishes even more. And what better way to start the year?
¡A tu salud!