Access to Health Care for Survivors

Federal healthcare policy is rapidly transforming how survivors and their families will access health care. For many survivors of domestic and sexual violence, access to health care is a vital part of healing and self-determination. Futures Without Violence is working with advocates and health providers to get survivors across the country the access to the care and coverage they deserve.

A special open enrollment period for health coverage is now happening until August 15th, 2021 to mitigate the loss of coverage many experienced due to job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Find out the Top 5 Ways That DV/SA Advocates Can Help Survivors Enroll in health coverage today and what else advocates can do:

Because being a survivor of domestic violence is considered a Qualifying Life Event, survivors can enroll at any time throughout the year.

  • Insurance companies are prohibited from denying coverage to victims of domestic violence as a preexisting condition.
  • Survivors of do not need to wait for Open Enrollment. They qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) because they are survivors of domestic violence.
  • If survivors of domestic violence are not able to enroll in health care, they are eligible for a “hardship exemption” from paying the fee, because domestic violence is considered a qualifying life event.
  • Screening and counseling for domestic violence are now benefits that health plans are required to cover.

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