Advocacy: Affordable Care Act

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United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is dedicated to the financial stability, health and education of every person in our community. While there are many things that we can do locally to improve opportunities for our neighbors, others must happen on a statewide or national level. One of these important tools is the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Our local advocacy partner, The Success Equation (Children First/Communities In Schools) is leading an effort to let our representatives know the impact that the ACA has on our community.

Background

Currently, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage for millions of Americans, which has the positive ripple effect of parents signing their children up for healthcare as well. Under the ACA, if your plan covers children, you can now add or keep your children on your health insurance policy until they turn 26 years old. Thanks to this provision, over 2.3 million young people  who would otherwise have been uninsured have gained coverage nationwide.

President-elect Donald Trump has promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which leaves 613,000  North Carolinians insured through the ACA facing an uncertain future.  Of that number, close to 90% are receiving financial assistance.

Your Next Steps

Healthcare coverage is especially crucial for parents, for when their health and well- being are secure, they are able to be better caregivers for their children.  Brittany is the mother of a bubbly 8-year old daughter. “When I didn’t have my medicine, it made my life very difficult. Once I was able to get healthcare coverage again I was able to stay on my medication and raise her with very few setbacks.”  Sign this petition to make sure mothers like Brittany can continue to receive the healthcare they need to remain healthy and stable for their families.

 

Before you sign, do you want to learn a little more? Click here for some additional background information. 

 

About The Success Equation

In 2010, Children First/CIS launched a listening project to document the experience of families facing poverty in Buncombe County. 113 low-income people, including teen and Latina mothers, participated in focus groups and one-on-one interviews. Additionally, we interviewed service providers that work with low-income families. Interview participants represented a wide geographic range: from public housing in the city, the Emma community, south Asheville, east Asheville, and Barnardsville. Children First/CIS presented the issues raised by the listening session to a broader community summit for action ideas. In May 2011, Children First/CIS hosted a two-day appreciative inquiry summit attended by 120 participants representing local organizations, community leaders, low-income individuals and interested community members. Out of this summit, an Action Plan was created which includes emphasis in the three key focus areas: Early Childhood Development  •  Child &Family Supports  •  Family Economic Stability