Business Guide to Affordable Care Act Rules Now Available In Spanish

Nearly 60 percent of California’s uninsured are Latino, making outreach to Hispanic communities critical to implementation of the health care law a success in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--()--This week more than 750,000 copies of Sólo Los Hechos: La Ley del Cuidado de Salud y su Empresa, a business guide to federal health reform rules, will be distributed in Spanish language publications across California as part of an effort to provide Hispanic small business owners with accurate and unbiased information about the Affordable Care Act.

“Many employers and employees are still confused about the health care law and what will – or will not – be required of them when the law takes full effect in January,” said Mark Martinez, President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. “While some rules continue to be made about how the law will work, all employers – including those who do business primarily in Spanish – must have reliable, unbiased information on which to make decisions about what health insurance is best for them and their employees. That’s what’s so unique about Sólo Los Hechos: La Ley del Cuidado de Salud y su Empresa, it provides information important to small business owners in a format that’s useful for Spanish speakers.”

Similar to the English Just The Facts: The Health Care Law & Your Business, which was released in late 2012, this easy-to-use guide provides a detailed breakdown of employer coverage requirements and new benefits. It highlights key areas of the health care law for business including tax credits, cost containment measures and insurance market reforms. It also provides information on California’s new health insurance marketplace, Covered California, and its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).

“Most small business owners are working hard to keep their company going, they need factual information that’s direct and easy to understand,” said Marcia Dávalos, Southern California Outreach Manager for Small Business Majority. “There is a need for clear and accurate information on the health care law not just in English, but also Spanish. By creating this resource in Spanish, we are helping Hispanic employers have a better understanding of a law that they will need to comply with. We’re thrilled that Sólo Los Hechos is designed to offer Hispanic employers information on the law that most fits their needs.”

Hispanic business owners’ understanding of the Affordable Care Act is fundamental to the successful implementation of the law. Nearly 60 percent of California’s 7.1 million uninsured is Latino, making Latinos the single largest group of persons newly eligible for expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“Successful implementation of the health care law will depend largely on getting Californians to enroll into health coverage,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President, Healthy California at The California Endowment, which is supporting the outreach effort. “Employers play an important role in providing health coverage and we want to be sure they have access to the information they need to make informed decisions that will help them keep a healthy workforce. This Spanish guide falls directly in line with our efforts to reach the Latino community.”

Sólo Los Hechos: La Ley del Cuidado de Salud y su Empresa can also be found online at www.healthlawguideforbusiness.org/espanol.

About Health Law Guide for Business

Established in partnership with the Bay Area Council, California Chamber of Commerce, California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, California Restaurant Association, California Small Business Development Centers, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles County Business Federation, Pacific Business Group on Health, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Small Business California, Small Business Majority and The California Endowment, Health Law Guide for Business is a resource designed to inform California’s employers about business-specific provisions of the health care law. To learn more visit www.healthlawguideforbusiness.org.

About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people's health. The Endowment believes that health happens in the workplace, neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit www.calendow.org.

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Carri Ziegler, 916-492-2707 ext. 210
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carri@lucaspublicaffairs.com

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Contacts

for The California Endowment
Carri Ziegler, 916-492-2707 ext. 210
916-502-1131 (c)
carri@lucaspublicaffairs.com