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Thursday, November 5
10 am - 11 am

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Join us to hear about Covered California enrollment, get final updates about legislation, and to share information about the work you're doing.
Updates and Upcoming Opportunities
ACA Non-Discrimination Draft Rules - Comments Due Nov 9
 
On September 8, the Dept of Health and Human Services released proposed regulations implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in any health program or activity receiving federal money or administered under the ACA.

Public comment is due November 9
Submit your comments by going here and clicking the blue "Comment Now!" button.

This is the text of the proposed regulations: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-09-08/pdf/2015-22043.pdf

This is the Office of Civil Rights fact sheet on the proposed regulations: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/section1557/nprmsummary.html

This is Transgender Law Center's blog on the proposed regulations: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/archives/11956

This is Health Access's blog on the proposed regulations: http://blog.health-access.org/?p=4408
 
Race Equity & Public Policy Advocacy 2.0: a conversation with advocacy leaders
 
Almost every health and wellness indicator shows troubling disparities by race. Disparities are often created and maintained inadvertently through public policies and practices. As advocates we have the opportunity to help advance equity but it is often hard to know how to do this work in a meaningful way.  Please join the conversation on how race equity is being integrated into public policy advocacy, first through the lens of a state advocacy organization, then through the lens of a statewide coalition.

Race Equity and the Advocacy Organization
November 12, 2015
11-12:00 pm PST

Register here

Recognized for facing issues of race equity head on, Children's Alliance, a Washington state advocacy organization, believes to close equity gaps, they must use strategies determined through an intentional focus on race. Join us for an in-depth conversation about how integrating race equity as a core principle in their work has been an adaptive and evolving process -- the struggles, the successes, and how their work has changed for the better.
 
The Promise of Health Reform for Bay Area Women: Successes + Opportunities

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of women in California gained health care coverage and new coverage benefits and protections.  As the third wave of open enrollment kicks off in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco, this free forum will include:
  • Opening remarks by The Honorable Tony Thurmond, Assemblymember for the 15th District
  • Women's health benefits included in the Affordable Care Act 
  • The status of providing new pathways to health coverage for Bay Area women
  • Barriers women still face in accessing health care coverage and services
  • Advances in women's health as a result of health care reform. 
T hursday, November 12, 2015 
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Kaiser Event Center 300 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

Please RSVP at http://bayareawomenhealthreform.eventbrite.com
by November 10th

For more information, please contact Sylvia Castillo, CFHC's Manager of Public Policy + Community Engagement at  castillos@cfhc.org.
Webinar: Health Insurance Coverage and LGBT Families
 
This webinar will outline how the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for LGBT individuals. Discussion topics will include eligibility for obtaining health insurance coverage for LGBT families and legal rights in the health care setting. The target audience is HHS and HRSA grantees, healthcare providers, public health officials, and community advocates wanting to improve their competency in serving the needs of the LGBT patients in their practices. This session is brought to you by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for Civil Rights, Administration for Children and Families.

Tuesday, November 17
9 am - 10:15 am PST
Dial-in:  888-982-4695, Pin: 8535175

For more information, please contact: Ellen Ingram, (303) 844-3375, or eingram@hrsa.gov
 
Webinar: Organizing Communities to Create Health
 
Vast and ever-increasing sums of money are spent each year on health care, but not on what most people would like to see change to make their lives "healthier." The health care industry is locked into a model focused on our most passive states-viewing health as curing our diseases and preventing us from causing ourselves harm. To support us in actively creating health for ourselves and for our families, friends, and neighbours, the health industry needs to broaden its view and share its decision-making power with the people it serves.

This webinar is for community leaders and organizers who wish to connect to the health and public health sectors, and the resources they have to offer. It is also for health care, public health, and social change leaders interested in how to better understand the complex needs of the communities they serve and what role health has among other aims.

Get more information and register here

This webinar will:
  • Provide an overview of the role that communities can play in creating their own health, as they themselves define it
  • Review guiding principles for how to foster that role
  • Offer advice on how health care and sectors skilled at community building through shared decision-making can better understand how their priorities, and those of communities, relate to each other and how they can work hand-in-hand
  • Offer resources and tools to help develop agreement on priorities among diverse perspectives
  • Share examples from panelists with community outreach, research, and clinical experience

Youth Empowerment Summit - Nov 21
 
GSA Network is hosting their 11th annual Youth Empowerment Summit (YES)! YES will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco. This FREE youth-led, youth-planned conference brings over 350 LGBTQ and ally youth from all over Northern California. Space is limited and online registration is recommended.  Walk-in participants are not guaranteed entrance.

Find more information and register here: https://www.gsanetwork.org/yes
 
 Covered California Open Enrollment 

It's time to sign up for health insurance! 
Open enrollment started November 1 and ends January 31, 2016.

Covered California is California's marketplace for purchasing health insurance and getting financial help to help pay your monthly premiums. You can enroll online, over the phone, or in-person at a location near you. 

Organizations with 1 - 100 employees can provide insurance for their employees through Covered California for Small Business.
 
Contact Us: 
Kate Burch, Network Director
kburch@health-access.org     
510-873-8787 x106
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