NIEC will be held over Martin Luther King weekend (Fri, Jan 13 – Mon, Jan 16) – a weekend dedicated to community activism and service.


Connecting Americans To Health Coverage

DID YOU KNOW? We have seen the largest reduction in the uninsured in four decades. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act five years ago, about 16.4 million uninsured people have gained health coverage. Those gains come primarily from the Marketplace, young adults who can stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26, and Medicaid expansions. The evidence is clear when it comes to access, affordability, and quality the Affordable Care Act is working.

In order to ensure that ALL Americans have access to quality and affordable health coverage, AMHP is working with state and federal partners across the country to make sure Americans 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 diverse communities about the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment started — first day you can enroll in a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll for coverage that starts January 1, 2017 and the final day that 2016 enrollees can change policies before being “auto-reenrolled” in their previous plan.
  • December 31, 2016: the date when all 2016 Marketplace coverage ends, no matter when you enrolled.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15, 2016.
  • January 15, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2017.
  • January 31, 2017: 2017 Open Enrollment ends (coverage starts March 1, 2017).

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

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, 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 Fourth Open Enrollment is from November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017

If you have questions about what the Health Insurance Marketplace offers or how to apply, help is available. You can visit 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

Community centers, churches, mosques, synagogues and community 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 Health Care 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 religious or community center
  • Delivering a sermon on the importance of health from a faith-based perspective
  • Helping to advertise the National Interfaith Enrollment Campaign and enrollment events already planned near you.

Need help planning? Find resources below to help you plan your events. 

Get in touch with Iman Jandali, the ACA Program Coordinator at

Meet our ACA Cycle 4 State Liaisons

  • Deena Hasan – Chicago, Illinois. Can be reached at
  • Minha Husaini – Santa Clara, California. Can be reached at
  • Tasmiha Khan – Bridgeview, Illinois. Can be reached at
  • Wajeeha Ansari – New York, New York. Can be reached at
  • Peggy Korpela – Ann Arbor, Michigank. Can be reached at
  • Shamaila Usmani – Eagan, Minnesota. Can be reached at
  • Fatima Khan – Lilburn, Georgia. Can be reached at



Deena Hasan Chicago, Illinois


In The News // 2016

November 14, 2016 – In a speech by Secretary Sylvia Burwell, she stated “The Affordable Care Act is now woven into the fabric of our Nation. And a strong open enrollment this year will make that even more true.” To access the complete speech from Secretary Burwell. 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

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