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Holy Name Medical Center Collaborates with SRA International to Offer Affordable Care Act Pre-Enrollment Seminar

Holy Name Medical Center (HNMC) and SRA International (SRA) have collaborated to help members of the Hispanic/Latino community sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). SRA International’s Enrollment Assistance Program – which is contracted by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) –  provides free, unbiased, in-person assistance  to facilitate enrollment in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), primarily for hard-to-reach individuals in urban areas.

Through Holy Name’s Familia y Salud program, the two organizations are working together to raise awareness of the ACA among Hispanics/Latinos by offering a pre-enrollment seminar that will explain what the Affordable Care Act is, how they can benefit from it, and what they need to do to obtain medical insurance coverage. SRA will present the seminar on Monday, October 26, at 7:00 PM at Holy Name Medical Center [718 Teaneck Road, Teaneck]. Uninsured/underinsured participants will learn how to purchase private insurance or how to obtain federally-funded health insurance coverage.

Appointments for individual enrollment sessions will be scheduled immediately after the educational pre-enrollment seminar or by calling Familia y Salud at (201)833-3308. Once the open enrollment period begins on November 1, 2015, SRA representatives will help residents sign up for insurance at Holy Name Medical Center beginning November 2, 2015 through January 29, 2016.  Bilingual counselors will assist the participants individually with online enrollment.

According to the 2013 census, 17.9 percent of people in Bergen County, as well as 42.9 percent of people living in Hudson County, identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino and this population continues to grow in northern New Jersey.  In response, the Familia y Salud Program at Holy Name Medical Center was developed to address the medical, linguistic and cultural needs of Hispanics/Latinos Bergen and Hudson counties. The program provides community outreach initiatives such as health fairs, educational programs, and physician lectures.

“Holy Name has become a national model in providing culturally sensitive medical services,” said Michael Maron, President and CEO Holy Name Medical Center. “Collaborating with SRA to help raise awareness of ACA offerings will help improve healthcare outcomes within our Hispanic communities in northern New Jersey.”

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