Health and Mental Health
An overview of financial assistance provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for people purchasing coverage on their own through health insurance marketplaces (called Exchanges) is available here: Questions About Health Insurance Subsidies.
A helpful Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator is also available to find estimates of health insurance premiums and subsidies in each state.
All Marketplace plans cover treatment for pre-existing medical conditions and can’t terminate coverage due to a change in health status, including diagnosis or treatment of COVID-19. While your coverage benefits will remain the same, you should log in to update your Marketplace application if COVID-19 impacts your income or household. You may be able to change your plan if certain situations apply.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, people who are eligible for Medicare may need to enroll in coverage for the first time. This includes people who have lost employer-based coverage and people who missed other enrollment periods. Other individuals who are already enrolled in Medicare may need to switch to Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plans to better meet their needs.
It is important to find a program you are eligible for in order to have health insurance coverage whenever possible, particularly if you have a disability or other chronic health condition. In most cases, you should be able to complete one application to find what’s available to you through the health insurance exchange. And, if you need help, there are navigators or certified application counselors affiliated with local nonprofits to help you.
Some states and local governments are requiring the use of face masks when in public spaces. Wearing a face mask is one way to slow the spread of COVID-19, but wearing a face mask may be difficult for some people with a disability.
The Southeast ADA Center has created a fact sheet to answer questions about wearing face masks and the legal rights that a person has under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
There are a variety of tools, resources and help lines which provide support in several ways. Many provide support 24/7 via telephone and some use private messaging and TTY; some may provide help in Spanish.
You are not alone in finding these times stressful. Getting our lives back into a comfortable routine takes time. Review how you may be feeling and which actions on the checklist you can do now to feel more in control. If you cannot do it alone, there are resources to help you, including counseling and emotional support.
We are in an unprecedented public health crisis and multiple tensions in our world today. These challenges also present an opportunity to come together within our families and our communities to improve understanding of our mental health.
It’s important to engage in open, honest dialogue with friends and loved ones, to demonstrate compassion and kindness, and to practice self-care by exercising, meditating and consuming the news in measured doses. And to reach out to those who may be isolated and need extra support. These actions can save lives and positively change our collective culture surrounding mental health for the long-term. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has gathered tools and resources to assist with mental health care and suicide prevention.
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The Financial Resilience Center was developed by National Disability Institute with generous funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation.