Get ready to apply for health insurance coverage! Enrollment for 2015 coverage opens on November 15, 2014, but you don’t have to wait until then to start getting the information you need to make the right choice. Here are some ways to get started:
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Joseph Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (APAA) of Dallas, Texas, grew up during the civil rights movement. He and his eight siblings experienced violence inside and outside their home and Powell began using alcohol and drugs as a way to cope with life.“Growing up in poverty and with the constant fear of violence contributed to my addiction. My family didn’t have access to the behavioral health benefits that are now covered under the Affordable Care Act. I’m grateful that families like mine can now receive the prevention and treatment services for substance use disorders that I didn’t have,” Powell said.
As Minority Mental Health Month comes to a close, we get some insights from SAMHSA Administrator, Pamela Hyde, JD, about how SAMHSA continues to address the issue of behavioral health disparities and promote behavioral health equity for minority communities.Miatta Echetebu: What is SAMHSA doing to increase the urgency across its programs of the mission to achieve behavioral health equity?Pamela Hyde: Over the past few years, we have moved behavioral health equity up to the forefront of our mission. We are looking at disparities as a cross-cutting issue that every center and strategic initiative across SAMHSA can address in their work.
SAMHSA is continuing a series of online webinar trainings to educate individuals and organizations who serve African American, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI), Hispanic/Latino, and urban Indian communities about enrolling for health coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace.Register today for SAMHSA’s outreach and enrollment webinar series and share this information with your networks!
ACA Outreach & Enrollment in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities: Promising Practices | Register
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Marlena Vaifale understands the importance of having health insurance. In 2013, she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and gallstones, which led to the removal of her gallbladder. She has had health insurance all her life, but did not take full advantage of the preventive services available to her for annual physicals. If she had, she would have made wiser and healthier choices.