Empowering the Uninsured

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.

Read more on how empowering Texas’ uninsured drives a sustainable and equitable healthcare system.

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.

When will 2022 enrollment take place?

The 2022 Open Enrollment period will run from November 1, 2021, through January 15, 2022, on HealthCare.gov.

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 commsteam@stdavidsfoundation.org.

Lone Star Circle of Care will be offering application and enrollment assistance at multiple locations with extended hours to serve the community. Find dates and locations here.

You can also download this flyer with appointment information in English and Spanish.

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)

Questions about making an appointment with Foundation Communities? Check out their Frequently Asked Question pages: Click here for English | Click here for Spanish

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.

Young Invincibles’ Open Enrollment Toolkit includes graphics, social media copy, and messaging resources in both English and Spanish. Download it here.