How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect health care eligibility, coverage, and enrollment of parties and their dependents in family law cases? How do changes in household composition or mixed immigration status alter ACA coverage?
This webinar informed family law, health care, and legal aid practitioners about the impact of the ACA on the practice of family law. Model decrees and settlement agreements that provide for health care coverage for the parties and dependents were covered. The presenters also discussed how to educate the court and judiciary about the issues involved in providing health care coverage through the ACA in dissolution cases.
Stephanie Altman, Assistant Director of Health Care Justice, Shriver Center
Stephanie represents clients in individual and class actions related to health care equity and also advocates for quality, accessible health care through administrative and legislative forums. Stephanie is on the board of Telligen and the Chair of the Legal Aid Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. She is also on the Illinois Navigator Training Team for the Affordable Care Act and the Illinois Older Adult Services Advisory Committee and Balancing Incentives Project. Stephanie earned her law degree from Loyola University School of Law and a B.A. from Grinnell College.
Joline Price, Staff Attorney, Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Joline Price is a staff attorney in the Philadelphia office of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. As a staff attorney, she represents low-income, elderly, and disabled clients across Pennsylvania in accessing Medical Assistance, Home and Community Based Services, CHIP, and Marketplace insurance and in challenging denials of medical services, medical equipment, and prescription medications. She also co-authored a desk reference for Pennsylvania Judges entitled, “The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Family Court Decision-Making.” Joline is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She received a Penn Law post-graduate fellowship supported by the law firm of Langer, Grogan & Diver to work on the intersection of the ACA and family law.
In response to some of the common themes of the questions asked during the webinar, the presenters suggest these resources:
American Indians/Alaskan Natives and the Indian Health Service:
- HealthCare.gov, Health Coverage for American Indians and Alaska Natives (n.d.).
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Affordable Care Act and American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Selected Readings and Resources (Jan. 15, 2015).
COBRA and the Affordable Care Act Special Enrollment Period:
Earned Income Tax Credit:
- U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) (July 31, 2015).
Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence and the ACA:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, The Affordable Care Act: An FAQ Guide for Domestic Violence Advocates and Survivors (2014).