Independent Living Resource Center
San Francisco

October 3, 2013
Dear Friends of ILRCSF and the Disability Community,

The struggle for a level of equity in the healthcare and health coverage arena has proven well worth it. ILRCSF is just one of so many advocacy organizations that has been vocal, over the years, about the fundamental right to quality, affordable healthcare for everyone.

 

While the government is experiencing a shutdown - which may well be devastating to many of the people whose rights we advocate for - it is important to note that the Affordable Care Act is now LAW.  

 

No longer is this just an ideal, or a dream.  

 

However, our job as advocates is not over. It is now our duty to help inform the people we serve about the options that are open to them, regarding healthcare. It is important for people to know that, while the government shutdown means Yosemite is closed for business, the mechanisms by which to register for affordable health coverage are up and running - both on a federal level and, in California,  on a state level.

 

With the official opening of the Covered California health insurance exchange, many Californians will be able to shop, compare, and enroll in quality health care that is affordable.

 

Click here to check out CoveredCa.com and here to check out Healthcare.gov!  

 

Covered California will allow consumers to compare health plans side-by-side, get information on subsidies and tax credits that will make quality care affordable and attainable. It will also provide information and enrollment on expanded Medi-Cal services for people earning up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level.

 

Please share these important links with consumers, fellow advocates, family members, and anyone else who can help get the word out: The Affordable Care Act is LAW...it's here to stay...and it's open for business, RIGHT NOW.  

 

The passing and implementation of this law by no means ends our fight for true equity, or signifies that there aren't still people in America who will find themselves without health coverage. It is a victory, though, and one which we should savor. We should take this victory as nourishment to fuel the fight we have ahead of us: for every American to have access to affordable, accessible, quality healthcare.

 

By making noise and refusing to accept the status quo, we have all helped make this groundbreaking act into a law. That there is strength in numbers cannot be denied, and those of us who advocate for full accessibility in every aspect of American life are legion. By joining forces and combining our strengths, we are a force to be reckoned with.

This is how change happens: one step at a time. What a great step we, as a nation, have just taken!

In Solidarity,

Jessie's sig
 

jessica lorenz
Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco