October 1, 2012

With the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act passing Supreme Court scrutiny late June, many states are scrambling to implement health reform. While health reform has certainly made access to healthcare much more affordable and feasible for many uninsured Americans, there are still groups left out, not knowing what options exist.

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services (AMPHS), in partnership with the Sunset Park branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting a tabling event in Brooklyn, New York called “Health Reform & You” to review the basics of health reform for community members, and the alternatives that exist for those who are not covered by the Affordable Care Act, i.e. undocumented immigrants. This event is scheduled to be held on Saturday, October 13 from 10:30AM – 1:00PM and Friday, October 19 from 3:00 – 5:00PM and will be presented in English, Spanish, and Chinese on both days. AMPHS will be distributing literature on the Affordable Care Act and healthcare insurance options, and informing community members about the other services they offer. AMPHS plans to host a workshop on the Affordable Care Act sometime in the near future.

This tabling event is part of the myAMPHS Open Access program, which aims to break down any and all barriers that exist to providing accessible and affordable health care to all, such that anyone and everyone can appreciate healthcare not as a privilege, but as a basic human right.

If you are wondering what you can do, how you can seek medical care, and what options there are, this workshop is perfect for you.  By the end of the session, you will have a clear understanding of the various alternatives available to seek healthcare, and where you can go for assistance and guidance.  AMPHS will have a table with brochures and other information available at the event.

About myAMPHS Open Access: 

To address the lack of access to care for undocumented immigrants, AMPHS has created it’s myAMPHS Open Access Program under its myAMPHS Community Membership Program.  Launching late 2012, Open Access aims to address the barriers of undocumented immigrants to access healthcare by bringing together resources currently in place into one streamlined, comprehensive program.

Through the program, Open Access members will receive access to all preventative care services offered within the organization.  Based on each individual health situation, determinations about further medical care will be made.  Undocumented immigrants may be eligible to receive: Permanent Residence Under Color of Law (PRUCOL) status, New York State Medicaid for Emergency Care, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) / Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation (COBRA) Act, NYC Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) assistance, Pre-natal Care Assistance Program & Family Planning Extension Program, and free and low cost clinics.  AMPHS caseworkers will be assigned to each Open Access member, and ongoing relationships and support will be established.

At this time, Open Access is only provided to those who live in Brooklyn, NY.

AMPHS will provide Open Access Members:

  • Public community workshops and seminars on health access, health reform, healthy lifestyles, and AMPHS services
  • Individual consultations with AMPHS caseworkers to develop a customized plan and portfolio of services tailored to the individual
  • Prescription Assistance by means of Big Apple Rx cards and referrals to other assistance centers
  • Regular health screenings and wellness check-ups to ensure continuous healthy medical status, lifestyle, and compliance with medical care directions and medications, etc.

This event is open to the public.  Please bring your family and friends.

To access the flier, please click here: Health Reform & You BPL Workshop__Oct 13 & 19