By Monica Peters, reporting from The White House
The announcement shed light on the strategy the White House will use to get the word out about the upcoming national enrollment on October 1, 2013 as part of the Affordable Care Act. In short, Americans will be able to log onto Healthcare.gov to select a health insurance provider. The health insurance they choose will become effective on January 1, 2014. Under the Affordable Care Act, it is federally mandated for individuals obtain health insurance.
According to Sebelius, community health centers play a critical role as a local resource the process of enrollment.
“1,159 health centers across the nation will receive $150 million in grant awards to help enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. These centers have committed to hiring an additional 2,900 outreach and eligibility assistance workers. This means that in every state in the nation there will be people at community health centers available to help — community health centers, rather, available to help,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney quoted on behalf of Sebelius.
Under the Affordable Care Act, states will have health exchanges set up for Americans to obtain their coverage through Heathcare.gov.
In Pennsylvania, although Governor Tom Corbett will not set up a health exchange at this time citing lack of guidance from Washington, the federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Pennsylvania.
In short, the federal government will set up health insurance exchanges in those states where governors choose not to participate. All Americans will be able to enroll for health insurance beginning October 1, 2013 regardless if their governor agrees for their state to set up a health exchange or not.
Monica will continue to follow implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its effect on the region.