Connecting Muslims To Health Coverage

DID YOU KNOW? Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in March 2010, over 3 million 18 to 34 year-olds have been connected to health insurance coverage. Currently, 17 out of 19 million uninsured young adults could be eligible for free or reduced-cost coverage through expanded Medicaid and tax credits.

In the United States, where the median income is $50,054, having no insurance or having insurance that does not cover essential health care visits means that any illness can create financial hardship. In 2007, 62.1% of bankruptcies were due to the burden of medical bills. Health insurance coverage is very important in the Muslim community as many Muslims don’t have employer provided health insurance, in fact: 20% are self-employed, 29% are under-employed and 17% are unemployed.

In order to address this problem, American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) is working with state and federal partners across the country to make sure Muslims are aware of and connected to health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

As part of this effort, AMHP is spreading the word in the Muslim community about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Health Insurance Marketplace is a one-stop shop for a variety of healthcare care plans that cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and more. To find the latest, most accurate, information about the Marketplace visit www.HealthCare.gov

At this website, you can learn how the Marketplace works, who can apply for insurance, how to get insurance, how to lower your costs, and more. When you are ready to apply and enroll in a health plan, HealthCare.gov is the place for that, too!

No matter where you live, you may buy insurance from private health plans that cover a comprehensive set of benefits, including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, and prescriptions. And plans in the Marketplace must treat you fairly; they can’t deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition. With a single application, you also will find out if you qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or savings you can use right away to lower your health insurance premiums.

The Second Open Enrollment is from November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015

If you have questions about what the Health Insurance Marketplace offers or how to apply, help is available. You can visit HealthCare.gov and click on the Help link in the upper right of the screen or use the online web chat on the website; or call the Marketplace Call Center toll-free at 1-800-318-2596, to speak with a trained customer service representative. Help is available in many different languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.

Plan an Event in Your Area

Masjids, Muslim Organizations and leaders across the country are coming together to host events to raise awareness of the coverage under the new health law and help facilitate enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace. We are asking you to join this national effort of Muslim Outreach and Enrollment!

Take part in this important national community outreach effort! CLICK HERE to fill out a form to commit to taking part in this national enrollment effort whether it’s by:

  • Organizing an informational session/enrollment event at your local masjid/community center before February 15, 2015.
  • Delivering a Khutbah on the importance of health from an Islamic perspective
  • Helping to advertise Muslim Enrollment Weekend and enrollment events already planned near you.

Need help planning? CLICK HERE to find resources to help you plan your events.

Reach the “Get Muslims Covered” outreach group at: getcovered@amhp.us

In The News // 2014

March 13, 2014 With the ACA, insurers can no longer charge customers more in terms of premiums, nor deny coverage because of gender, occupation, credit history or a pre-existing condition. Insurers can no longer put yearly or lifetime limits on coverage. Young adults can remain on their parents’ health insurance policy until age 26. READ MORE
Mary 13, 2014 Various organizations including Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP), who has been a key organizer for Muslim Enrollment Weekend, held various functions such as an enrollment event at Masjid Warithud-deen Mohammed in Houston, Texas and an enrollment event at the Islamic Institute of Knowledge in Dearborn, Michigan. READ MORE
March 20, 2014 WASHINGTON (RNS) As the national deadline for health insurance enrollment looms and with President Obama’s encouragement, organizations across a range of faiths are working to sign up uninsured Americans by the end of March. READ MORE
April 25, 2014 We recognized the need for trusted ambassadors from within the religious or cultural community that had relationships to mosques, community centers, religious leaders, and other existing Muslim organizational partners in order to connect communities to Navigators. READ MORE
October 20, 2014 A Middletown woman was honored at the White House today for her work in helping to enroll people in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. READ MORE

In The News // 2015

January 6, 2015 When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law in 2010, over 40 million Americans lacked health insurance. Although various provisions have gone a long way towards reducing that number, some populations are at a higher risk of being uninsured. One of those populations is Muslim Americans. READ MORE
February 12, 2015 Although healthcare is often a divisive topic in the United States and around the world, we argue that we, as activists in the interfaith movement, can find common ground around the importance of healing. READ MORE