On Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, the 10th Annual Health Summit will be held at the Jackie Robinson Community Center located at 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, CA. The event provides FREE tests and screenings along with information on diseases that impact our community and resources that are available to our community. Come hear Whitney Harrison, Director of Programming at Young & Healthy as she speaks on “The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid & the Impact on K-12” from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.
With multiple attempts by Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) also fondly known as Obamacare, we feel that it is important to highlight the benefits that the ACA has brought to the US since its inception along with the losses that we would incur if it were taken away. According to Politifact, the ACA has helped decrease the number of uninsured from 41.3 million down to 28 million within the US.
Many of those that are now covered include young adults that can stay on their parent’s coverage up to age 26, those that didn’t previously qualify because of pre-existing conditions and the expansion of Medicaid that helps people afford insurance where they previously couldn’t.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals, children, their parents, the elderly and people with disabilities. All states participate in the Medicaid program, but how it is implemented varies among the states. The Medicaid expansion beneﬁt within ACA established a minimum income level for people to be eligible to receive Medicaid. This means that the ﬁnancially weakest People in the US started qualifying for Medicaid where they may not have qualiﬁed in the past. This expansion has positively impacted seniors, low income adults without kids and households with children. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has become much easier to use and has resulted in increased coverage of children. The Medicaid expansion program also increased funding to community health centers so people who don’t qualify for Medicaid Marketplace Savings or live in states that have not implemented the Medicaid Expansion program can still seek and receive healthcare.
California has implemented the Medicaid Expansion program and is leading the country in implementation of ACA through Covered California. At this point it is estimated that 26% of our CA citizens beneﬁt from Medicaid, 9% are taking advantage of the Marketplace Exchange through ACA and only 8% of our population continues to be uninsured.
What happens if the ACA is repealed? How are our children impacted? According to Child Trends, the ACA has funded School-Based Health Centers so students can receive the care that they need while they are on campus in environments that are up-to-date to meet the current medical standards. The School Health Partnerships that are a part of the ACA fund Prevention and Public Health programs that includes immunizations, screenings, prevention education and more. Beyond the schools, the CHIP aspect is providing more health services to students and thus keeping them healthy to come to school and learn. As we know, being present to learn is crucial for our kids to successfully learn and be prepared to go out into the world to make a difference.
Come join us from 10:30 AM – 12 PM in the auditorium at the Jackie Robinson Community Center to learn more about this important topic that is in today’s news and is constantly under attack.
The 10th Annual Health Summit will also provide FREE HIV Tests, Respiratory Screenings, Eye Exams, diabetes screenings and much more. The event focuses on overall health and provides resources for the whole family. Put this event on your calendar and look for more information on it next week.
The sponsors for this event are the Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the City of Pasadena, Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation, City of Hope, the Pasadena Journal, Friends of the Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation, First AME Church Pasadena and D’Veal Family & Youth Services.