By Ed Jennings, Jr., HUD Southeast Regional Administrator
HUD provides assistance to individuals and families that are amongst the neediest in our society, with an average family income of $12,500. Too often these families have to choose between paying for healthcare or paying for basic goods and services.
Today, there are 48.6 million Americans uninsured – that’s 16% of the population. For the uninsured, health problems can lead to job loss, an inability to pay rent and utilities, bankruptcy, and possible eviction or foreclosure, creating a need for HUD and other federal assistance.
Lack of health insurance is related to the needs that HUD must deal with when an individual is confronted with financial hardship. For persons already living in HUD-assisted housing, health issues make it harder to become more self-sufficient. Meeting the health needs of these individuals will help them start a fresh chapter in their lives, and thus reducing their need for HUD or other federal assistance.
This is why the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can make a significant impact in the quality of life for many of the more than two million families currently benefiting from HUD housing assistance.
Please write this number down: 1-800-318-2596 and share it with the people you know and meet.
For low-income individuals, the ACA gives states the option to expand Medicaid to serve individuals with incomes up to 138% of the established Federal Poverty Level. As of today, 23 states plan to expand their Medicaid programs.
In most states, Medicaid currently covers people with disabilities, elderly (also covered by Medicare), children (also covered by Children’s Health Insurance Program), and pregnant women and some parents below a certain income level.
In states that expand their Medicaid programs, those covered will soon also include all parents and single adults with income below 138% of the federal poverty level, people with health problems who have not qualified for disability and early retirees (voluntary or involuntary) who are too young for Medicare.
As soon as October 1, families and individuals can enroll so that on January 1, 2014 they will have access to a health coverage that will literally transform their lives. It is a simple process, learn all the details at www.healthcare.gov – or call the hotline number: 1-800-318-2596. The information is for everyone, as it is available in 140 languages.
Call today! Learn the details and help us spread the word. Affordable healthcare is here.