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Female Migrant WorkerOctober 1, 2013 marks the day in which health care providers and other agencies began enrolling individuals into the new Health Insurance Marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA has the potential to provide health access to many currently under or uninsured patients in the United States. The picture for migrants, immigrants and undocumented patients is not always as clear. MCN will be providing information and resources on this page to help health care providers navigate this transition as well as information about what this transition might mean for mobile populations. Check back frequently as we will be updating this page on a regular basis.

The Health Resources and Services Administration has compiled the following suggestions and resources to help guide clinicians and patients through the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplaces.

1. Direct individuals to HealthCare.gov (Spanish: CuidadoDeSalud.gov) for state-specific information to sign up for email and text alerts.

* Connect Spanish Speakers to information and resources about the Affordable Care Act. Download this flyer and post in appropriate areas in your health center. Patients can use the QR code reader on their smartphones to connect to directly to the CuidadoDeSalud.gov website.

2. Direct consumers to the call center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) available 24/7 in 150 languages to ask questions, prepare for open enrollment, and sign up for private health insurance.

3. Use materials available now for download at Marketplace.cms.gov. Order printed copies (while supplies last) of consumer materials to share with your community at http://productordering.cms.hhs.gov. Available materials include:

  • Consumer Brochures, including “The Value of Health Insurance,” and “About the Marketplace”
  • Marketplace Application Checklist
  • Fact Sheets
  • Drop-in articles / Op-Eds
  • Postcards/Posters
  • Infographics
  • PSAs
  • Talking Points
  • Questions & Answers
  • And more!

4. Post the NEW Marketplace widgets (http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/widgets-and-badges/mp-badges-english.htm)

5. Connect through social media

For additional information on Health Insurance for Immigrant Families visit these resources from the National Immigration Law Center

Marketplace Provider Toolkit for 2015

Fact sheets on marketplace.cms.gov that may come in handy when talking with consumers or patients: 

  1. What to know about seeing your doctor
  2. What to know about getting your prescription medications
  3. Appealing your insurers' decision not to pay
  4. I signed up, but don't have health coverage. What should I do?
  5. Getting emergency care
  6. What you should know about early renewal of health coverage
  7. What you should know about provider networks
  8. Can’t afford health coverage?
  9. 10 things providers need to know
  10. 10 things to tell your patients

A list of all plans and their customer service numbers can be found in this data base.