Don't Let a Pre-existing Condition Stop You from Signing Up for Health Care!

Published: February 3, 2015

Huffington Post
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The end of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is less than two weeks away. Latinos have a lot to gain from enrollment, particularly those with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer, and HIV.

Melissa Torres, a program coordinator at NCLR Affiliate Latino Community Services (LCS) in Hartford, Conn., works to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community and other at-risk populations. They also strive to improve the health and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to her work on two programs at LCS that target young Latino and Black men who have sex with men, Melissa is also an in-person assister helping people enroll in ACA health coverage.

"I think it’s important for those who have HIV or other chronic illnesses to… sign up for coverage because unlike before, you can still get coverage [even if you have] a pre-existing condition," said Torres.

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