Social Good

#TAKECARECHAT TODAY (6-25) AT 1PM EST

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#GetCovered Join Bloggin’ Mamas TODAY from 1p-2p EST for a #TakeCareChat Twitter Chat to learn more about Get Covered America and your options under the ACA.  We’re helping to raise awareness about the new coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace and the financial assistance available. Since we’re talking about “qualifying life” events, we’ll be joined by two special guest experts.

  • Wedding expert Dana LaRue (@brokeassbride), the author of “The Broke-Ass Bride’s Wedding Guide.” Dana can share tips about throwing a fantastic wedding on a budget.
  • Frugal maven Amiyrah Martin (@4hatsandfrugal).  Amiyrah is a well-known African-American mom blogger (currently expecting a new addition to her family) and a firm believer in living a frugal lifestyle without deprivation.

 

Did you know that more than half of the uninsured could find insurance for less than $100 per month (under $50 for people under 35)?  The uninsured are exposed to significant financial risk from medical issues, accidents or emergencies. Even young and healthy individuals are at-risk. One trip to the emergency room for a broken arm or a bad ear infection could cost thousands of dollars. Open enrollment for marketplace coverage is set to begin again in the fall, but Medicaid and CHIP is open year-round, and special enrollment is ongoing.  As with other elements of the health care law, many of those eligible for coverage don’t understand all the details. While the Health Insurance Marketplaces don’t open until November 15th, certain “qualifying life events” (like getting married, having a baby, adopting a child, moving, losing your current health insurance, and more) could allow you to get covered now. Here are some answers to questions you might have:

  • Am I eligible to enroll now? 

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) remain available to everyone eligible throughout the year. People can enroll in a Marketplace plan if they’ve had a “qualifying life event” — meaning they’ve gotten married, had a baby, adopted a child, moved residences outside their coverage area, gained citizenship, left incarceration, or lost their health coverage. In most cases, once such an event occurs, a person has a 60-day window to get coverage. o   More information about healthcare for newlyweds: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/after-i-do/ o   More information about healthcare for  new and expecting parents: https://www.getcoveredamerica.org/happy-mothers-day-to-new-moms/

Disclosure:  This post is being shared as part of a Bloggin’ Mamas  Social Good campaign. Social Good campaigns are voluntary campaigns in which the blogger shares the post for no monetary compensation. 

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Can’t See Your Closet Floor? Time For Goodwill.

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 This is a PSA on behalf of Bloggin Mamas Collective and the Ad Council. No monetary compensation was given for this post.

 

Spring is a time for all things new.  Who doesn’t love to start fresh, do some deep cleaning and organizing?  Some of us still have past holiday decor laying around, or our closets are exploding with items we can no longer use or need.  Of course our first impulse is to go out shopping, but this year, before we get that new Spring wardrobe, or new holiday decor, let’s do some Spring cleaning and help out our community too!  Goodwill has come up with a fun and insightful little quiz called:

 

What’s Your Clothing Personality??
Goodwill, Donate Stuff. Create Jobs.

Really inspired now?  It’s not hard to declutter when you’re focused and have a plan.  Time to search all your rooms, let your home breathe again.  Make room for new things by donating to Goodwill and simultaneously help people in your community.   Here’s a suggestion on how just 7 days can make that fresh start easier.

#7DaysofSpringCleaning Details:

 

Day 1) Clear your closet clutter

Day 2) Time to tackle the kitchen

Day 3) Spread holiday cheer (holiday decorations, center pieces, Halloween)

Day 4) Downsize your tech toys (used laptops)

Day 5) Clean out your office supplies

Day 6) Provide quality entertainment (unused movies, video games)

Day 7) Downsize your bookshelf

 

It’s helpful to make three piles, trash, donate and maybe.  You don’t have to spend too much time trying to figure out if you should keep it initially.  Declutter and then come back to the maybe box later.  Once you have your donations ready, you can calculate your donation impact. https://donate.goodwill.org/ and feel better about your efforts.You can also go to http://www.goodwill.org/locator/ which shows how your donation helps your community. You’ve done a wonderful job!! Now you can go and get yourself that new outfit or new decor to welcome Spring.

 

 

 

This has been part of the Donate Stuff. Create Jobs. It’s the tagline of Ad Council’s campaign with Goodwill®, which reminds people that their donations support people who are seeking to earn jobs and build careers. To see how the process works, just watch “How We Do It” PSA.