March 23rd will mark the third year anniversary of the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). As states across the country prepare for further implementation of the law which is to take place January 1, 2014, now is a critical time for health advocates to help spread the word about how the ACA will help address racial and ethnic health disparities.
One resource is a detailed tool kit created by the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) that equips the community with the resources to learn about the benefits of the health law. While this toolkit targets the API (Asian Pacific Islander) community, the resources are adaptable for other communities, particularly those serving Limited English Proficient (LEP) speaking communities.
To learn more about the toolkit, we spoke with Paulo Pontemayor, Advisor for Government Relations and External Affairs at APIAHF. Here are five important take-aways:
1) A postcard campaign to ensure language access is part of HHS’ ACA implementation plan. They are asking communities to take action by signing postcards online or print physical postcards. If you print postcards, make sure you send them to the APIAHF’s DC office by next Tuesday (March 26th).
2) Sample tweets for the #ACATurns3 Twitter Storm. On March 22, 2013 at 11:00am EST, communities are invited to join #ACATurns3 Twitter Storm and are encouraged to use the hashtag #ACATurns3. (What’s a twitter storm? Well the toolkit explains that too).
3) A Step-by-step guide to hosting community events. The toolkit provides ideas and guidance on how to take action during this critical time.
4) A one page template about the health insurance market place. The template explains the health insurance market place in layman terms and is customizable for any community. Click here to begin.
5) Web-based accessibility. The toolkit is completely accessible online and the entire website is dedicated to helping organizations learn about the healthcare law. Click here to download the entire toolkit.
What other helpful items have you found in this toolkit?