HDHHS extends business hours at multi-service centers to help uninsured enroll in ACA
by March 31 deadline
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services (HDHHS) will open four of its multi-service centers on Sunday and extend their business hours next Monday to help people sign up for a health insurance plan by the Affordable Care Act’s March 31 deadline.
HDHHS will open Third Ward, Denver Harbor, Northeast and Southwest multi-service centers on Sunday, March 30, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will also extend business hours for six multi-service centers’ (Magnolia, Denver Harbor, Sunnyside, North East, Southwest and Hiram Clarke) on Monday, March 31, until 10 p.m., setting the last ACA enrollment appointment for 8 p.m.
Approximately 99,000 Houston-area residents have enrolled in one of the more than 40 low-cost ACA health plans available in the region. Those without health insurance have only one week left to sign up. Residents can set up an appointment for one-on-one help from certified application counselors at HDHHS by calling 832-393-5423. The counselors are able to help residents compare health plans and find one that fits their budget and health care needs.
The phone number connects residents to an ACA call center that HDHHS set up as part of the Gulf Coast Health Insurance Marketplace Collaborative, a group of 13 agencies helping people obtain insurance coverage through the ACA.
Certified application counselors and outreach staff with HDHHS and the other agencies in the collaborative have met face to face with more than 151,500 area residents since the enrollment period began in October. They have also reached out or distributed ACA brochures and information to approximately 538,000 people.
Documents needed to enroll during an appointment include:
• Proof of U.S. citizenship: social security number or copy of U.S. passport for all family members
• State residency: driver’s license, housing lease or utility bill
• Income: W-2 forms or pay stubs; unemployment or disability; social security, pension and retirement income; or copy of 2012 tax return
• Current health insurance: policy numbers for any current health insurance and information about job-related health insurance
• Immigration status or legal residency: Immigration document status numbers.
Greetings Urban League Movement,
We’re excited to share this important message from President Obama.
I wanted to provide an important update on our efforts to get Americans health care coverage.
The deadline to enroll is Monday. If you know someone who still hasn't signed up for health care, tell them to go to HealthCare.gov and sign up right now.
You know how important it is to make sure every American has access to affordable health care. You’ve done such great work getting our African American communities covered so far -- but we can’t stop yet.
After open enrollment ends on March 31, you won't be able to get covered through the marketplace until 2015.
Now is the time for people to get covered.
I know life is busy -- and after all the troubles with the website early on, some folks have been hesitant to give it a second chance. But the website is working great now: We've signed up more than 6 million Americans already, and more are signing up every day.
But we need your help.
Here's what we know: People like you having conversations with your friends and family will make all the difference.
So pass this message on to one person who still needs to sign up for coverage. Tell them to go to HealthCare.gov right now and check out the options for themselves.
The deadline is in two days. Our health is way too important to ignore -- nobody can afford to just cross their fingers and hope for the best.
Thank you for all your hard work,
President Barack Obama
Texas Veteran Commission awarded HAUL Housing Department
a grant for Veteran Housing Support Services Program. HAUL's Veteran Housing Support Service Program provides services to veterans, surviving spouse of a veteran or Veteran dependent. The Veteran Housing Support Program purpose is to bridge the gap in housing of veterans to divert homelessness for 73 veterans. HAUL’s Housing Support Program for Veterans has defined its service delivery as outreach, intake, assessment, housing counseling, housing placement and financial assistance. HAUL provides a comprehensive approach to reach veterans based on the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing model.
Please contact Ms. Kizzee at GKizzee@haul.org or 713-393-8700 for additional information.
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