Jewish Organizations Nationwide Join White House in ACA Enrollment Push
NCJW convenes national day of action
Washington, DC — Led by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Jewish organizations representing more than 1 million people nationwide have answered the White House call to action to increase enrollment through and education about the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplace this week. With the March 31 enrollment deadline fast approaching, the White House and NCJW will convene the Jewish Community Day of Action for Health Care Coverage on Tuesday, February 18 enlisting groups across the country to educate their constituents and surrounding communities.
“Access to affordable and comprehensive healthcare is fundamental for living a long and healthy life, which is why NCJW worked for the passage of the Affordable Care Act and has been focused on its full implementation ever since,” said Nancy Kaufman, NCJW CEO. “Jewish tradition dictates that all life is created b’tzelem elohim, in the image of G-d, therefore everyone should have access to the vital services that keep us healthy; without risk to our financial future and other basic needs, like housing and food.”
Groups around the country, including the Religion Action Center for Reform Judaism, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Rabbinical Assembly, Keshet, the Jewish Labor Committee, and Uri L’Tzedek were encouraged by NCJW and the White House to make an impact by reaching out using both traditional and creative methods, including social media, newsletters, talking to individuals not yet enrolled, hosting a special Shabbat centered around dialogue, sending emails, holding a text study, and through the pulpit.
Key issues driving the push for more education and community outreach include lack of knowledge about plan affordability and financial assistance, and unfamiliarity with the upcoming March 31 enrollment deadline. Although more than 80% of people enrolled in private healthcare plans through the marketplace qualified for financial assistance to help them afford quality coverage, reports show many uninsured Americans are unaware that financial support is available. Since the initial rollout on October 1, more than 3 million people have enrolled in private health insurance plans and more than 6.3 million were deemed eligible to enroll in Medicaid or CHIP through the federal and state-based marketplaces.
“Our goal for community education is non-partisan and apolitical. Our aim is to make sure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to enroll in affordable healthcare that best suits their individual needs and budget ahead of March 31,” said Kaufman. “I am encouraged by the array of participants in this Day of Action, spanning local and national groups across the country.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
Contact: Jennifer Bell, Rabinowitz Communications