Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

Our Vision for U.S. Health Care — A Vision from Values

CHA and the Catholic health ministry have been working for decades on behalf of health reform that protects life and expands coverage to the greatest possible number of people in our country. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. While not perfect, it represents a good start toward providing access to everyone.

CHA continues to be actively engaged in health reform implementation as regulations are drafted to put the law into effect, and with efforts to enroll those newly eligible for health insurance. As this process unfolds, additional resources will be made available to help CHA members and others understand the Affordable Care Act and its implications.

Find additional information on advocacy and implementation and education and enrollment.

w170115_VulnerablePopulations-heroVulnerable populations wonder what is ahead given potential for repeal of health reform

Catholic Health World – January 15, 2017
w170115_MarketplaceInsurance_CoverageIsCriticalBoxInsurance enrollment counselors who work with low-income people are used to hearing heartfelt "thank-yous" when they help their clients sign up for insurance. But it isn't every day a counselor also receives the promise of delicious eats. Erricka Hill, a social worker with CHI Memorial in Chattanooga, Tenn., discusses health care insurance enrollment with a client. She helped him to navigate the insurance marketplace.

When Joy Salas, a certified application counselor for Mostellar Medical Center in Bayou La Batre, Ala., recently told a client that she qualified for insurance on the insurance marketplace with very low out-of-pocket costs, the woman "just about started crying," said Salas.
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This consumer-friendly brochure is available to distribute in hospitals, clinics, schools and other places in your community. The brochures are an excellent way to quickly explain open enrollment and give people basic information to begin the process.

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Get Covered, Stay Covered Messaging
In addition to reaching out to new enrollees, these materials will help consumers who enrolled in marketplace coverage last year STAY covered.
  • Enroll America developed a helpful infographic that lays out the three simple steps to renewal to ensure consumers #StayCovered with the right amount of financial help and in a plan that meets their needs and budget.
  • Consider having appropriate staff join Enroll America's Communicators Program. Through this program, Enroll America provides trusted partners like hospitals with messaging resources and earned media best practices in reaching individuals effectively through press or in your own communications channels (websites, social media, newsletters etc.)

Certified Application Counselor Toolkit
In preparation for the next open enrollment period, Enroll America is working to help new and existing Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organizations identify individual CACs. Check out their CAC Organization Toolkit to learn how to become a CAC organization, recruit volunteers to serve as individual CACs and identify other community partners.

Presumptive Eligibility Toolkit
An oldie but a goodie, this toolkit provides hospital administrators with information and guidance on implementing the new presumptive eligibility option to enroll patients and their families likely eligible for Medicaid.

Healthcare in the Pulpit
Enroll America's Healthcare in the Pulpit program works to inspire people of faith to take action and get the word out about the new health insurance options made available by the Affordable Care Act. Enroll America is re-launching this program for the second open enrollment period with updated materials, webinars and on-the-ground events. Visit the program's homepage to learn more.

Health Insurance Literacy Resource Hub
Enroll America is actively collecting and cataloging helpful tools, factsheets, videos and strategies to help fill gaps in health insurance literacy among consumes and assisters. Visit the Health Insurance Literacy Hub to learn more.

Get the Word Out on Social Media
Change your organization's social media profile pictures to one of the #GetCovered #StayCovered icons. They're available in every color of the rainbow. Be sure to follow @EnrollAmerica and @GetCoveredUS on Twitter for up-to-date information throughout the second open enrollment period.

Connect with Enroll America in your State
View a list of contact information for key staff in your state. Enroll America operates a full grassroots campaign in 11 states but has key support staff serving every state of the country. Please consider them as a helpful resource.

More Information about Open Enrollment 2.0:

  • Stay connected with up-to-date information by signing up for Enroll America's newsletter at