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  1. Affordable Care Act U. S. Department of Health & Human Services Pamela Roshell, PhD, MSW Regional Director Region IV Atlanta, Georgia

  2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Mission: At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), our mission is to improve the health, safety and well being of the American people.

  3. The Problem Insurance companies could take advantage of you and turn away the 129 million Americanswith pre-existing conditions. Premiums had more than doubled over the last decade, while insurance company profits were soaring. Tens of millions were underinsured, and many whohad coverage were afraid of losing it. And 50 million Americans had no insurance at all.

  4. The Health Care Law In March 2010, President Obama signed into law theAffordable Care Act.

  5. What the Law Means for You: 4 Things to Know Ends the worst insurance company abuses Makes health insurance more affordable Strengthens Medicare Provides better options for coverage

  6. The Law Stops Insurance Companiesfrom Taking Advantage of You TODAY, it is illegal for insurance companies to: • Deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition like asthma or diabetes. • Put a lifetime cap on how much care they will pay for if you get sick. • Cancel your coverage when you get sick by finding a mistake on your paperwork. • And more…

  7. The Law Makes Health Insurance More AffordableIn many cases, you can get preventive services for free: • Cancer screenings such as mammograms & colonoscopies • Vaccinations such as flu, mumps & measles • Blood pressure screening • Cholesterol screening • Tobacco cessation counseling and interventions • Birth control • Depression screening • And more… Visit for a full list.

  8. The Law Makes Health Insurance More Affordable 60% / 40% 80% / 20% BEFORE, insurance companies spent as much as 40 cents of every premium dollar on overhead, marketing, and CEO salaries. TODAY, the new 80/20 rule says insurance companies must spend at least 80 cents of your premium dollar on your health care or improvements to care. If they don’t, they must repay the money.

  9. The Law Provides Better Options for Getting Coverage For millions of Americans who buy their own coverage, lose their coverage, or have no coverage at all, the law provides better options.

  10. The Law Provides Better Options for Getting Coverage Young adults under the age of 26 can now stay on their parents’ health plans. There are new plans in every state for people who have been locked out of the insurance market because of a pre-existing condition like cancer or heart disease. For more, visit

  11. The Law Provides Better Options for Getting Coverage Starting in 2014: • Discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions or because they are women will be illegal. • There will be new State-based marketplaces – called Affordable Insurance Exchanges – where you’ll have a choice of private plans. • Tax credits will make buying insurance more affordable. • So no matter what happens, you’ll have access to affordable health insurance.

  12. The Law Increases Access to CareThere are thousands of new doctors and nurses in communities around the country and millions more patients getting care.

  13. 4 Things to Remember About the Law Ends the worst insurance company abuses Makes health insurance more affordable Strengthens Medicare Provides better options for coverage

  14. Learn More

  15. Contact Info: Natalia Cales Regional Outreach Specialist U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Region IV) 61 Forsyth St., SW Atlanta, GA 30303-8909 Region IV - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN Office: (404) 562-7888 Fax: (404) 562-7899 Follow us on Twitter: @HHSRegion4

  16. Affordable Care Act(Overview of the Administration for Children & Families) U. S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families, Region IV Atlanta, Georgia

  17. Presenter Carlis Williams Southeast Regional Administrator Administration for Children and Families U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Atlanta, Georgia

  18. THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), located within the Department of Health and Human Services, provides national leadership and direction for the administration of comprehensive and supportive programs for vulnerable children and families.

  19. WHAT ARE THE PROGRAM SERVICES? • ACF brings together a broad range of over 60 Federal programs that promote the economic and social well being of families, children, individuals and communities. Major program services include: • TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) • Child Support Enforcement • Child Welfare • Developmental Disabilities • Runaway and Homeless Youth • Head Start • Community Services Block Grant

  20. TANF (TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE TO NEEDY FAMILIES) and the AFC • TANF provides time-limited assistance to needy families with children to: • promote work • responsibility • self-sufficiency

  21. CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT FUND (CCDF) • Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) assists low-income families, families receiving temporary public assistance, and those transitioning from public assistance, in obtaining child care so they can work or attend educational training.

  22. CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT • Child Support Enforcement program seeks to ensure that parents provide emotional and financial support for their children. Services provided include: • Locating non-custodial parents • Establishing paternity and child support orders • Establishing and enforcing medical support orders • Securing/distributing regular and timely child support payments

  23. CHILD WELFARE • Child Welfare focuses on the national goals of safety, permanency and the well being of children: • Foster care/Adoption Assistance • Independent Living Program • Family Preservation and Family Support Services • Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Treatment • Promoting Safe and Stable Families

  24. RUNAWAY AND HOMELESS YOUTH • Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY) began in 1974, in response to concern about increasing numbers of runaway youth who were exposed to exploitation and the dangers of street life. It has subsequently been expanded to: • assist homeless youth on short-term basis • assist homeless youth in making the transition to independent living • assist homeless youth with drug education and prevention services

  25. DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILTIES • Developmental Disabilities Program assists individuals with developmental disabilities to reach maximum potential through increased independence, productivity and community integration. • Funding to support these services is provided to State Developmental Disabilities Councils, Protection and Advocacy Programs, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and to Projects of National Significance.

  26. HEAD START Head Start is a national program which provides comprehensive developmental services for America’s low-income, preschool children ages three to five and social services for their families. The Head Start Act Amendments of 1994 established the Early Head Start program, which expands the benefits of early childhood development to low income families with children under three and to pregnant women.

  27. Tribal Maternal, Infant, ad Early Childhood Home Visiting Program The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs are authorized by Section 511 of Title V, as added by the Affordable Care Act,. Authorizes the award grants to Indian Tribes, Tribal Organizations or Urban Indian Organizations to operate evidence-based home visiting programs in at-risk Tribal communities. Home visiting services provided under this grant are meant to improve child and family outcomes focusing on areas such as prenatal, maternal, and infant health, child health and development, parenting skills, school readiness, and family socio-economic status, and reduce incidence of child abuse and neglect, injuries, crime, and domestic violence.

  28. ACF Program Initiatives ASSETS. Positive Youth Development Healthy Marriage (AAHMI, Hispanic, Asian Pacific and Native American). Responsible Fatherhood Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Human Trafficking

  29. For More Information about the Administration for Children & Families: Visit our Website at:

  30. Improving Racial and Ethnic Minority Health Status(Provisions of the Affordable Care Act) Dr. Arlene Lester Regional Minority Health Consultant US Department of Health and Human Services Region IV – Atlanta, GA National Association for State Community Service Programs - September 13, 2012

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  32. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Disparities Provisions Improve access, affordability and quality of care Focus on prevention and wellness Lays a strong foundation for reducing health disparities Includes specific provisions related to disparities reduction and health equity

  33. ACA Provisions Impacting Health Disparities Source: Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

  34. “For the first time, the United States has a coordinated road map designed to give everyone the chance to live a healthy life.” - HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

  35. NPA Purpose: To mobilize a nationwide, comprehensive, and community-driven approach to combating health disparities. Five Goals of the NPA: • Awareness • Leadership • Health System and Life Experience • Cultural and Linguistic Competency • Data, Research, and Evaluation


  37. National Stakeholder Strategy (NSS) for Achieving Health Equity: A product of the NPA that offers 20 specific strategies for reaching NPA goals and assists federal, regional, tribal, state, and local stakeholders in adopting effective strategies for their communities.