There are Options for Domestic Violence Survivors

October 28, 2014

Domestic violence is a serious issue — and health insurance should be the last thing someone has to worry about if they’re currently being or have recently been abused. In the spirit of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, share this info with anyone you know who may have experienced abuse:

  1. There are special rules that could make it easier for survivors to get help paying for their health insurance.
  2. If you have recently experienced domestic violence, you can apply for an exemption from the fine for not having health insurance.
  3. You can no longer be turned down or charged more for coverage because you are a domestic violence survivor.
  4. If you have health insurance, domestic violence screening and counseling is free (and so is all preventive care).

In-person help is available to answer any health insurance questions. If you know someone who is being abused, let them know that there are options to get health coverage. And let them know that there’s help at the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

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