Welcome to the official website of the AME Social Action Commission. We are
representative of the ongoing fight for Civil Rights and Social Justice in this country,
and uplift and educate throughout all of our endeavors, as Social Action is basic to
ministry in African Methodism.
The African Methodist Episcopal Church has a unique and glorious history. It was unique in
that it is the first major religious denomination in the Western World that had its origin
over sociological and theological beliefs and differences. It rejected the negative
theological interpretations which rendered persons of African descent second class
citizens. Theirs was a theological declaration that God is God all the time and for every
body. The church was born in protest against slavery - against dehumanization of African
people, brought to the American continent as labor.
The Mission of the African
Methodist Episcopal Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical,
emotional, and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ's liberating gospel
through word and deed. At every level of the Connection and in every local church, the
African Methodist Episcopal Church shall engage in carrying out the spirit of the original
Free African Society, out of which the AME Church evolved: that is, to seek out and save
the lost, and serve the needy.
MY BROTHER'S KEEPER: CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR BOYS AND YOUNG MEN OF COLOR
"There are a lot of kids out there who need help, who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement. And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them?"
- President Obama, July 19, 2013
The data proves it: Boys and young men of color - regardless of where they come from - are disproportionately at risk from their youngest years through college and the early stages of their professional lives.
By the time they hit fourth grade, 86 percent of African American boys and 82 percent of Hispanic and Native American boys are reading below proficiency levels - compared to 58 percent of white fourth graders reading below proficiency levels. Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2013 Reading Assessments
African American and Hispanic young men are more than six times as likely to be victims of murder than their white peers - and account for almost half of the country's murder victims each year...MORE >>
MISSED THE ACA DEADLINE? YOU CAN STILL GET HEALTH COVERAGE
It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline.
Here are few options for those still without insurance:
1. SIGN UP FOR MEDICAID
Those who qualify can still enroll in Medicaid – there’s no deadline. Eligibility is based on income and varies from state to state. About half the states expanded their Medicaid programs. The main beneficiaries of the change are adults earning up to about $16,100 per year, with no children living at home. Previously, Medicaid was limited mostly to poor children and their parents and people with disabilities.
2. SIGN UP FOR MEDI-CAL
Those who qualify can still enroll in Medi-cal – there’s no deadline for it either. See if you qualify here.
3. BUY INSURANCE OUTSIDE THE MARKETPLACES
Buyers can always go directly to an insurance company, but it may be expensive. Plans bought outside the marketplaces don’t come with government subsidies that hold down the cost for people with low or mid-level incomes. But they do include the law’s consumer protections. For example, insurers can’t turn down customers because of pre-existing medical conditions.
Even after the deadline, buying a plan that meets the law’s essential coverage standard reduces the penalty owed, which is based on the number of months without coverage.
The fine for going uninsured all year is the greater of two formulas: about 1 percent of household income above the tax-filing threshold of $10,150 or $95 per adult and $47.50 per child under 18, up to $285 per family. It’s due to the IRS in April 2015.
4. GET READY FOR NEXT TIME
Open enrollment for 2015 is coming later this year. It’s scheduled to begin Nov. 15 and run just three months. That’s another chance to get covered or switch into a plan with subsidies.
Supporters of the law are calling on President Barack Obama to make things easier next time around.
The advocacy group Families USA suggested a bunch of improvements Tuesday, including more face-to-face sign-ups, coordinating enrollment with tax-filing season so people better understand the fines, and improving coordination with Medicaid programs.
Something to think about: The uninsured penalty next year rises to 2 percent of income or $325 per adult and $162.50 per child.
AME'S AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OUTREACH MATERIALS & TOOLKIT
Affordable insurance is a national priority. In 2010, the federal government enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which aims to increase the number of Americans with insurance and cut the overall costs of health care.
How the Health Care Law Helps your Community - A Fact Sheet for Faith and Community Leaders.
WHAT OBAMACARE MEANS FOR YOU
You can now go to www.healthcare.gov and use the new Health Insurance Marketplace to see all of the health plans available in your area and sign up for the one that fits your needs and budget. You can also find out if you're eligible to pay less for private health insurance or whether you qualify for other free or low-cost programs.
For a Fact Sheet on how the Health Care Law helps our communities, click here.