Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of The Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans will have health insurance this year thanks to the ACA. One of the most important things we can do right now is to make sure Marketplace enrollment is as high as possible.
As you have likely heard, the new administration has stopped promoting healthcare.gov. The AIDS Institute has drafted the below social media to promote healthcare.gov’s open enrollment YouTube video. We ask that you join us in spreading the news as far and wide as possible via your organizational (or personal) social media accounts. Remember, the open enrollment deadline is January 31st, so time is of the essence. Below are a few sample posts.
- Despite headlines, #ACA is still insuring millions this year. Don’t miss the chance to enroll by 1/31: youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
- Final deadline for enrollment is 1/31. Don’t miss out! Share this video & remind people to #GetCovered for 2017: youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
- Congress may be debating the future of health care, but you can still #GetCovered for 2017. Enroll by 1/31: youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
- Want to support the #ACA? Share this ad & help get as many ppl as possible enrolled in health insurance by 1/31! youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
- The #ACA is a lifeline for tens of thousands of ppl w/ #HIV. Help spread word that ppl can still enroll thru 1/31: youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
- The #ACA has given many w/ #HCV access to a cure. Share this video as a reminder enrollment is open thru 1/31: youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
Sample Facebook Posts:
- The 2017 Open Enrollment deadline is Tuesday, January 31! We need your help: Share this ad from Healthcare.gov to spread the word and increase #ACA enrollment! youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
- You can join the millions of Americans who’ve signed up for 2017 coverage under the #ACA. But, you must enroll by the January 31st deadline to #GetCovered this year. Help spread the word by sharing this video from healthcare.gov: youtu.be/odfd5qf9oiQ
I want to address the recent headlines in the news that has appeared in the last couple of days. Once example is: “Are New Drugs for Hepatitis C Safe? A Report Raises Concerns.” These headlines and other stories are needlessly scary. Some patients may think twice about starting treatment or decide to skip treatment. This is not a good health care decision.
Here’s what I know from the news stories that are on the Internet:
It’s quoted that 250,000 people worldwide have been treated with the direct-acting antiviral medications (pills):
- 524 people have had liver failure – 524 divided by 250,000 people treated = .002 or .2%
- 165 people died –165 divided by 250,000 people treated = .00066 or .066%
- 761 people who were treated but treatment was ineffective –761 divided by 250,000 = .003 or .3%
Importantly, we do not know if the drugs caused the liver failures or deaths. Maybe a more thoughtful approach is to be more vigilant about the people being treated—both starting on and during treatment. This is even more important for people with cirrhosis.