Health Access is pleased to be represented later this week at the only Netroots Nation panel on the Affordable Care Act. Netroots Nation, hosted in San Jose this year, is a conference for progressive bloggers, newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate.
This eighth annual gathering of the Netroots will be held June 20–23 in San Jose, CA, and will include 80 panels, 40 training sessions, inspiring keynotes, film screenings and other sessions designed to educate, stimulate and inspire the nation’s next generation of progressive leaders. For those coming, we hope to see you there. Here’s the information for the session we will be on:
When Netroots Nation 2013 begins, the United States will be less than four months away from the October 1st opening of Health Insurance Marketplaces (aka Exchanges) across the country. On this date, millions of uninsured Americans will be eligible to enroll in new affordable health insurance coverage, including the expansion of Medicaid for low-income workers. This session will cover steps being taken to educate and engage Americans on this generational change in health care delivery and major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have already taken effect and those that will start on January 1, 2014. Many Americans are not aware of the benefits of the ACA – In the Fall of 2012 after the Supreme Court decisions that validated the ACA were issued, 78 percent of Americans eligible for financial subsidies or Medicaid were not aware of these upcoming benefits. This session will present lessons learned during the implementation process and explore how the Netroots can support organizing efforts in states like Florida and Texas where political leaders seek to derail the ACA and use the ACA as a platform in states like California that have embraced more progressive health policies.