A grassroots coalition group in Louisiana has formed to help individuals learn more about how upcoming changes in health care reform will affect them and their families. Professionals from a number of different organizations in Lafayette met at the end of June to formally launch educational efforts aimed at local residents. Participants include businesses that participate in health care, community services, trade, industry, and religion. The coalition hopes to eliminate much of the confusion and mystery surrounding the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014.
Our country is about to experience the most radical change in health care that it has seen in over 50 years. Not since the early days of Medicare and Medicaid have such sweeping changes been implemented, affecting literally millions of Americans across the country. Due to lack of focused and accessible information and the presence of so much misinformation, many individuals, employers, and families are confused as to how these changes will affect our ability to access medical treatment when we need it. The Lafayette coalition wants to address the problem with a focus on education and information.
The Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition (LHEC) was established in March of 2013 and formally launched with initial information about how healthcare costs will change, why personal health is important, and why we need access to quality healthcare services. Since then, the coalition has hosted a number of informative events including fairs, social media campaigns, guest speakers, and news conferences. The LHEC has a website where local residents can request further information or access online documentation.
It is hoped that this type of grassroots collaborative coalition will spark other interest in informational opportunities across the country. The best way to help Americans during this type of change is to empower them with information and help individuals make informed and educated choices regarding their personal health options. Moving forward, health care reform promises to revolutionize the way we view and receive medical treatment. Residents of all ages need to become aware of the different options available before January 2014 and implementation of the employer mandate occurs.
If you have questions about the Affordable Care Act, it may be in your best interest to contact a state or federal agency for more information. Your employer may also be able to provide educational materials regarding the upcoming health care marketplace