The ACA and What It Means for Black Americans
Now that the Affordable Care Act's major provisions to expand health insurance coverage are in effect, time is ticking for consumers to sign up for a health insurance plan through the Federal or State Health Insurance Marketplaces. Monday, March 31, is the last day to sign up for coverage through the Marketplaces. While there is no deadline for eligible people to enroll in Medicaid, many consumers are still confused or uninformed about their coverage options under the ACA, and if they are eligible for subsidized insurance plans or Medicaid.
Black Americans are especially likely to be affected by the ACA coverage expansions--21% of Black Americans lack health coverage today (compared to 13% of Whites). Black Americans are also the group most at risk of falling into the "coverage gap" created in states that have decided not to implement the Medicaid expansion to low-income adults.
The Kaiser Family Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Black Journalists, invites you to participate in the latest interactive webinar organized for journalists by its Media Fellowships Program. Exclusively for NABJ members, "The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and What it Means for Black Americans" will take place on Tuesday, February 25 from 12:30 to 1:30pm ET.
Featuring Foundation health policy experts, the webinar will provide an update on insurance enrollment efforts in different states and on what we know about enrollment to date in the Marketplaces and Medicaid. The webinar will also discuss how state Medicaid expansion decisions are expected to affect Blacks in the U.S. Presenters include Director of State Health Reform Jennifer Tolbert; Director of the Disparities Policy Project Samantha Artiga; and Senior Policy Analyst Jessica Stephens. The discussion will be moderated by Penny Duckham, Executive Director of the Media Fellowships Program. The brief presentations will be followed by a Q & A session with Kaiser's policy experts.
There is no charge for the webinar, but participants need to register by filling out this online form.
About the Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, is dedicated to filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing our nation and its people. The Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, California.
About the National Association of Black Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is an organization of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide.
Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation.