Consumer Health Coalition (CHC) is dedicated to “inspiring a consumer movement to advance health and enhance access to quality, affordable health care.” We further our mission by targeting populations that are at-risk for experiencing barriers to good health and health care. This includes people with low incomes, the uninsured and underinsured, people from racial and ethnic backgrounds.
How is Consumer Health Coalition involved with the Affordable Care Act?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, is a law which outlines specific standards that all health insurance plans must meet. These standards include: extending insurance coverage for children on a parent’s health plan through the age of 26; requiring insurance companies to explain health coverage in plain language; assuring that preventive services are covered at no cost; and prohibiting insurance companies from denying an individual health insurance coverage because of preexisting medical conditions. All health insurance plans must meet these standards, and individuals can shop for and compare plans side by side using the online Marketplace.
All of this new information can be overwhelming for individuals, but Certified Application Counselors (CACs) and Navigators can help. Consumer Health Coalition staff are certified to guide consumers through the process of evaluating and enrolling in health plans through the Marketplace. We can answer questions about the application process, help consumers understand their eligibility for Premium Tax Credits, and support individuals and families through enrollment in health insurance plans.
What else does Consumer Health Coalition do?
Even if you and your family cannot afford health coverage through the Marketplace, CHC is here to discuss other options such as Medical Assistance, CHIP, and other free or low cost health services. Assistance is provided free of charge, and consumers have the option of calling our Helpline, scheduling individual appointments at our office, or visiting with us at community outreach events. To schedule an appointment, please call 412-456-1877 or check out our calendar of events for an onsite outreach event.