Daily Archives: June 24, 2013

Sebelius in talks with NFL on promoting ObamaCare insurance plans

Sebelius in talks with NFL on promoting ObamaCare insurance plans – The Hill’s Healthwatch.

“We’re having active discussions right now with a variety of sports affiliates” about both paid advertising and partnerships to encourage enrollment, Sebelius told reporters.

HHS is reportedly also in talks with the NBA to promote the law.

Partnerships with sports organizations are especially promising to HHS because the department hopes large numbers of young, healthy men will enroll in the law’s new coverage options.

Attracting young, healthy people will help keep premiums from rising dramatically once the law begins offering new protections for more expensive patients — namely, banning insurance companies from discriminating against people with preexisting conditions.

The cost is much more of a factor than all the marketing in the world.

That said, I would encourage young people to realize that they aren’t immortal and they can NOT get coverage anytime they want. Although the ACA does accept pre-existing conditions, that is ONLY during the open enrollment period. Also, in many cases you may have to wait 15 to 45 days for coverage to start. Be careful out there.

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Is Obamacare on the ropes? Not at all

Is Obamacare on the ropes? Not at all.

Conclusion…

These Obamacare opponents are trying to have it both ways. They created major roadblocks and then complained that implementation is lagging. If they believe Obamacare is in trouble, they largely have themselves to blame.

Health reform is always complex because health care is complex. Just ask the leaders of George W. Bush’s health care team. But reforms can become lifesavers for millions of people. If the past is any guide, Obamacare, once it goes into effect, will be the same.

Probably some truth there. All of that said, there can be little doubt that Obamacare is the opposite of Keep It Simple Stupid.

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Colorado looking at exchange vision benefits by open enrollment

Colorado, California exchanges work on vision benefits | LifeHealthPro.

Vision plan sales efforts have come up this month during board meetings organized by Connect for Health Colorado and by the Covered California exchange.

The Colorado exchange board has adopted a recommendation that calls for the Colorado exchange staff to look into offering access to insured, stand-alone vision plans as early as Oct. 1. The exchange would offer access by providing a website link to a separate stand-alone vision sales website.

“If at any time the time and resources related to this development compromises launch of the marketplace, we will delay this option,” according to a copy of the recommendation posted on the Colorado exchange website.

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