How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Patients Experiencing Domestic Violence

Futures Without Violence has an upcoming webinar that is a must for any of us (US-based folks) working with patients experiencing domestic violence. Open Enrollment:How the Affordable Care Act Can Help Patients Experiencing Domestic and Interpersonal Violence will be held November 19th at 2pm ET. This is probably a significant knowledge deficit for many of us, and how much would patients benefit from having us all be able to speak just a little more cogently on this topic? It’s great if you can refer patients to agency advocates or social workers (or billing departments) for assistance with this–but wouldn’t it be nice to be able to also be able to answer questions or provide basic information during the patient encounter, as well? Click through for details about the session:

From the email announcement:

Did you know:

  1. Open Enrollment is now! November 1st, 2015 – January 31st, 2016.
  2. Survivors of domestic violence (DV) can now apply for and enroll in health insurance coverage through the federal Marketplace ( at any time during the year? They do not need to wait for Open Enrollment to begin. This Special Enrollment Period (SEP) is available to anyone who has experienced DV.
  3. There are many health insurance options—and significant financial help is available?
  4. Screening and counseling for domestic violence are now covered benefits as a result of the Affordable Care Act?
  5. There are regulations that clarify how married victims of domestic violence and their dependents can qualify for financial help when they apply for health insurance or apply for a hardship exemption if needed?

Join this webinar to hear key steps and strategies for how to help clients enroll in healthcare and understand the domestic violence provisions in the Affordable Care Act!

This webinar will provide a basic overview of the coverage requirements in the Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s “B” recommendation for screening and intervention for domestic violence (DV). Speakers will discuss who will be able to access these services, what is required in terms of screening and brief counseling, and refer to tools on addressing domestic violence safely and effectively as well as billing for these services. They will also discuss the IRS regulations on financial aid for domestic violence as well as information about how survivors can access a “hardship” exemption to avoid paying penalties if they are not able to enroll this year.