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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September marks the 25th annual National Recovery Month. It is a good time to remember that over 43.7 million adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness in 2012, and over 22 million misused substances. These numbers are significant, but there is hope. Research shows that individuals with these challenges can recover, improve their health and wellness, and live self-directed lives.
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.
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.
The average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is $30,000. The average cost of a visit to the emergency department is $969,1 which is more than an average American pays in rent each month.2 Did you know that nearly 1 out of every 4 community hospital stays involves a mental and/or substance use disorder?3 Individuals without health insurance have to pay the full cost of all their health care expenses and, if not covered in 2014, may have to pay a fee. However, health coverage can protect you from high, unexpected medical costs.
Lights, Camera, Action: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Latest “Talk. They Hear You.” Public Service Announcement
By: Robert M. Vincent, M.S.Ed., Public Health Analyst, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) “Talk. They Hear You.” underage drinking prevention campaign features new strategies and tools to reach parents and caregivers in 2014. Since being launched last May, the Campaign has made more than 1 billion impressions and its message is now present all across the country.