WHACAN Membership Meeting & Advocacy Training, August 15, 2013


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WHACAN Membership Meeting & Advocacy Training, August 15, 2013

  1. 1. Membership Meeting & Advocacy Training August 15, 2013
  3. 3. What Is Advocacy? • Actively supporting and encouraging others to support a policy or social change • Examples of advocacy include: • Calling, emailing, writing a letter or meeting in person with your legislator or other public official • Participating in a rally or demonstration • Attending an advocacy event like AIDS Action & Awareness Day • Signing a petition • Voting • Phonebanking or doorbelling in support of a candidate or cause • Writing a letter to the editor • Other examples?
  4. 4. So How Do I Get Involved? First: make sure you understand the process. • Elections and Voting • Registering to vote and updating your registration • Voting by mail • Primaries, General Elections and special elections • How the Washington State Legislature works • State House, Senate and Governor • Committees • Getting a bill to the Governor’s desk
  5. 5. Contacting Your Legislators • Call their offices directly, or use the legislative hotline • Send an email or write a letter • Schedule an in-person visit • Know your talking points: • Find out a little something about your legislator • Know what you’re asking him or her to support • Share your story about this issue – but keep it brief and on topic! • Ask for a specific commitment (“vote for SB ####”) • Say thank you!
  6. 6. Let’s See How This Advocacy Thing Works…
  7. 7. AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OVERVIEW Laura Treadway, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy
  8. 8. What is Healthcare Reform?  Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA)  A way to reduce healthcare costs by increasing access to care and preventative services  The ACA has specific elements that work within our current healthcare and healthcare delivery system, add to it, and improve it
  9. 9. What is going to change?  Several categories of change  Insurance Market Reforms  Employer Sponsored Insurance and Medicare will continue, with small adjustments  Health Benefit Exchanges  Medicaid Expansion  There will continue to be uninsured people – who will not enroll, immigrants that are denied access to public program
  10. 10. Insurance Market Reforms  Some are already underway – like no co-pay for preventative care visits  Some will start in 2014  Guaranteed Issue and renewability  No lifetime or annual benefit limits  Out of pocket maximums  Individual mandate  People will be required to have coverage (through work, Medicaid, Medicare, or individual purchase) or face penalties
  11. 11. Employer Sponsored Insurance  Employers with more than 50 full time employees must offer them affordable health coverage (in 2015)  Affordable: employee’s share is up to 9.5% of employee’s income  Employers with less than 50 FT employees can provide insurance through small group market, but are not required to do so  Exchange if no coverage offered  Insurance market reforms and patient protections apply
  12. 12. Health Benefit Exchanges  New insurance marketplace for people to purchase individual or small group plans  Premium subsidies in the form of tax credits provided to people between 100-400% FPL ($11K-$44K/family of one)  All plans will cover 10 essential health benefits
  13. 13. Exchange Continued  Will be able to compare and contrast plans on an apple-to-apple basis so you can make the best choice for you and your family  In-Person Assister Program to help enrollees  Called the Washington HealthPlanFinder  Exchange will also be the portal to apply for Medicaid Expansion
  14. 14. Current Medicaid  Medicaid is a public program that provides healthcare coverage to certain categories of people  Multiple programs that provide health coverage for categories such as children, pregnant women, or aged blind disabled  Childless adults who are healthy but low income are not currently eligible
  15. 15. Medicaid Expansion  As of Jan 1, 2014, Medicaid eligibility will expand to anyone whose income is up to 138% FPL regardless of health condition  Federal government paying the majority of costs – a big win for cash-strapped states  Two Medicaid programs will co-exist: Classic (old method) and Expansion (new expansion population)  Will be using the name “Washington Apple Health”
  16. 16. Questions?