Affordable Care Act Guides for DV Advocates and Survivors

By making insurance affordable and easier to obtain, the Affordable Care Act can help survivors of domestic violence access services to treat chronic health conditions often associated with abuse, and referrals to resources, such as domestic violence advocates; advocates can enhance safety planning, increase survivors’ knowledge about their options, and access services for their children. Additionally, it helps survivors who feel trapped in abusive relationships due to economic dependency, which can include health insurance through their partner, to leave that partner and seek safety. The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are proud to support women, children and families impacted by abuse to gain access to the care they need and deserve, now possible through the new health law. As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act moves forward, domestic violence advocates and health providers have asked for clarification on how new policies will impact those they serve. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide was compiled from inquiries submitted by nearly 1,000 domestic violence advocates and service providers from across the country. While the extended enrollment for domestic violence survivors ended May 31, 2014, the information in this FAQ guide will be helpful for advocates assisting survivors in navigating a new health plan, and will be pertinent for the next Open Enrollment Period, beginning November 15, 2014.1

ACA FAQ Guide

How DV Advocates can help survivors enroll

Open Enrollment package