On October 1, a new healthcare marketplace will be available to all, and people that are homeless will have the opportunity to receive new benefits. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), along with The National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) and other national partners, have created a new toolkit to help advocates enroll people, called “Getting Ready for the Health Care Insurance Marketplace.” The toolkit provides communications and resources, educates about how the healthcare law relates to people with mental and substance abuse disorders, and will explain how to maximize use of the Marketplace professionally and in your community.
Along this vein, the Obama Administration has just announced $67 million in grants to Navigators that will provide education and enrollment assistance on health insurance. This is one of multiple recent grant opportunities regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will improve community health. Visit healthcare.gov to connect with local grant awardees.