TODAY = Last Day to Enroll on Health Insurance for 2015 • RESOURCES

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If you’re Latin American (or of Latin American descent) and you find yourself putting things off: You’re not alone! A quick, non-scientific poll among some friends found us agreeing that this is mostly true. We even came up with a term for it: Latino Standard Time (or LST, for short.) In fact, there are even books exploring this subject, according to which this is not necessarily a liability. If you’re a Latin@ who happens to be very punctual, congrats to you! Please bear with me, ok? I’m just trying to make a point here LOL.

The point is, oftentimes, many of us leave things for the last minute, and tonight there is a deadline we simply can’t afford to miss: Midnight marks the end of open enrollment in the healthcare marketplace. Which means, there are only a few hours left before your last chance to enroll in 2015 ends – and you may have to wait a WHOLE year to get health insurance coverage. For our community, this is simply unacceptable. As a group, we remain profoundly affected not just by lack of access to health care, but also higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, among other chronic conditions. For us, the preventive care you get once enrolled is not a luxury, a joke, or a political talking point: it is simply a necessity.

Since open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began on November 15 of last year, about 10 million people (including over 2 million Latinos) have explored their options, learned about the financial assistance available, and signed up for or renewed a health plan that meets their needs and fits their budget. Now it’s YOUR turn! If you haven’t enrolled yet, I’ve put together a list of resources to facilitate the process, whether you apply online, over the phone or in person. Now hurry up and #GetCovered!

WATCH THIS WEEK’S HANGOUT: COUNTDOWN TO FEBRUARY 15TH
I interviewed José Plaza, National Director of Latino Engagement at Enroll America, and Elizabeth Pérez, Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). They answered tons of questions and explained all you need to get covered before the deadline.

BELOW ARE ARTICLES, NUMBERS TO CALL AND OTHER RESOURCES • ALL YOU NEED TO GET COVERED – IN ENGLISH:

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ARTÍCULOS, NÚMEROS A LLAMAR Y OTROS RECURSOS ÚTILES PARA QUE PUEDAS OBTENER SEGURO MÉDICO – EN ESPAÑOL:

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Whatever you do, do it before the clock strikes midnight, or… well, you know…

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2 thoughts on “TODAY = Last Day to Enroll on Health Insurance for 2015 • RESOURCES

  1. Debra Patterson

    All of your articles are a great service to people. Informative, well researched and professional…great blog!
    Debra

  2. ElianneRamos

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, Debra! I also like your blog and newsletter, and find your content very useful. Appreciate your visit!

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