This post is modified from an update distributed by the Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence.
Open Enrollment has started. For a limited time, it is possible to purchase health care for yourself and your family through the Health Insurance Marketplace in your state. Significant financial help is available to make coverage more affordable if you qualify. There are special enrollment rules for certain survivors of domestic violence. Go to healthcare.gov (cuidadodesalud.gov) to apply today. Or go to localhelp.healthcare.gov to find free, certified enrollment assistance in your area by entering your zipcode. Remember, plans offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace all cover a guaranteed set of benefits that are critical to survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. Open Enrollment goes till February 15, 2015–but enroll today for coverage beginning in January.
Enrollment may allow survivors and their children to access both physical and behavioral health resources that are important to their healing and recovery from trauma.
If you are an advocate, mental health or substance use provider, or other professional working with survivors or their children, you can offer information and assistance to survivors on how to obtain coverage for themselves and their families. The Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence has produced a number of brief fact sheets on this topic:
- How to apply for coverage in the health insurance marketplace
- Tax credits and cost sharing for coverage for victims of domestic violence
- Coverage for women’s preventive health services including screening and brief counseling for domestic violence
- FAQ’s Health care providers and domestic violence on the ACA and the domestic violence screening and brief counseling provision
- How domestic violence advocates can help clients get health coverage
- Hardship exemptions for victims of domestic violence
These resources are available here: http://www.healthcaresaboutipv.org/aca-resources