Healthy Communities are Strong Communities
When people are healthy they are more likely to succeed in school and work and to have a better quality of life. Your support through United Way helps to build a stronger community by fighting for every person to have access to the physical and mental health care they need to live healthier lives.
Here’s a snapshot of our impact in FY2018:
- 25,413 people received health education
- 5,246 people provided with financial and/or logistical assistance to access health care services
- 2,600 people provided with health care services
- 12,345 people provided with health screenings
Access to Health Care
Health care access should not be a privilege. It is critical to overall well-being and the ability to participate in our community. We support efforts and partnerships that work to connect people with the health care they need.
Health Insurance Enrollment
Open enrollment for 2020 is November 1 – December 15, 2019.
The Affordable Care Act (A.C.A.) allows you and your family to sign up for health insurance outside of the Open Enrollment Period if you experience certain qualifying life events. Such qualifying life events include getting married, having a baby, losing health coverage, and other major happenings.
Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 to get connected to a Healthcare Navigator to learn more or visit HealthCare.gov.
The free and confidential support provided by United Way Navigators includes:
- Answering your questions about the Affordable Care Act and health coverage requirements
- Helping you compare coverage options and apply for coverage at HealthCare.gov
- Medicaid and Denali KidCare enrollment
Accessibility and Nondiscrimination
United Way of Anchorage doesn’t exclude, deny assistance to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or veteran status. To help ensure people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to access Navigator services, United Way, with its partner the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides communications in accessible formats like Braille or relay services. Anyone accessing navigator assistance may request services in a language other than English.
Helping Families Save on Prescriptions
One of the biggest barriers to health can be the affordability of prescription drugs. United Way is working with the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership to help people get their much-needed prescription medications they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford.
The FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card provides discounts of up to 30%, is available for free to everyone and requires no paperwork. Get yours today.
Alcohol overuse is the top health issue for Alaskans. United Way is partnering with this coalition working to reduce the harm caused by excessive alcohol consumption in Alaska through systemic change. The focus is on long-term improvements that will increase understanding about the effects of excessive alcohol use, change social norms, and improve access to information about treatment.