Empowering the Uninsured
Texas is at an inflection point. Historically, the Affordable Care Act has moved the needle in getting Texans the health coverage they need. Yet external factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic have accelerated the grim forecasts of uninsured rates in Texas, putting millions of Texans at risk—especially those already disproportionately impacted by systemic barriers to care. A community’s resiliency in times of turmoil is often linked to health outcomes—and many of the social determinants of health that create this link are risk factors in Central Texas.
This troubling trend will not be reversed without timely action. St. David’s Foundation and its partners are committed to educating and empowering Central Texans to access affordable health insurance coverage. This commitment is founded in the belief that health coverage is vital to keeping yourself, your loved ones, and our communities protected and thriving today and tomorrow.
Making an Impact: The Affordable Care Act
Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act over a decade ago, the federal health insurance marketplace has helped tens of millions of Americans get health insurance, including over a million Texans this past year.
Yet there is still much work to be done, especially for Central Texans disproportionately impacted by care barriers and systemic inequities.
St. David’s Foundation and its partners are committed to educating and empowering Central Texans to access affordable health insurance coverage.
Helping individuals get insured also supports our community, as improving the health of Central Texans will take the burden off an already-strained healthcare system. Health coverage is the foundation upon which health equity can be sustained.
Who is open enrollment for?
Open enrollment is for people who don’t have health coverage through employment and/or government programs such as Medicare, who can sign up for quality, affordable health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace—also referred as an “exchange.”
Want to learn more? Here’s a quick guide from HealthCare.gov.
How can I support our underserved community access the care they need?
We’ve compiled a list of resources on enrollment assistance and outreach materials from our community partners below. If you know of additional enrollment resources that would be helpful, you can submit them to email@example.com.
Foundation Communities is offering a virtual and safe option to support residents in our five-county Central Texas area with Marketplace enrollment assistance (including enrollment support, technical and navigation questions), as well as in-person appointments at their two Austin locations through their Health Coverage Navigator experts.
In-person appointments will take place at the following locations:
- Prosper Center North (Monday – Wednesday) 5900 Airport Boulevard, Austin
- Prosper Center South (Thursday – Saturday) 2900 S. IH-35, Austin
To access their services, simply:
- Visit ProsperHealthCoverage.org to get started, OR
- Call the Prosper Health Coverage helpline at (512) 381-4520 if you or others have questions or to schedule an appointment by phone (English and Spanish assistance available, as well as many other languages)
Foundation Communities’ ACA Enrollment Outreach Toolkit includes email banners, flyers, posters, and social media posts in English and Spanish promoting their open enrollment assistance (see above). Download it here.