Tuesday, March 5, 2013

HealthCare.gov – the best place to find information about the coming Health Insurance Marketplace

The following is from USDE; this is informational only and is not meant to convey any district policy changes:


The U.S. Department of Education is working to make all schools healthier, safer and more sustainable with initiatives in the areas of school facilities, health and environment. The Department is currently encouraging all communities to contribute to healthy students and schools by making use of exciting new provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act contains important benefits to improve the health care system, and is already making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans, including our nation’s neediest school communities. I encourage you to inform your school community that families, individuals and small businesses will be able to easily compare and purchase high quality health insurance plans starting October 1, 2013, with coverage set to begin January 1, 2014.

Just recently, the Department of Health and Human Services re-launched HealthCare.gov – the best place to find information about the coming Health Insurance Marketplace, its benefits, and key dates. When enrollment begins, you will be able to go to HealthCare.gov to buy insurance from qualified private health plans.   If your state is running its own Marketplace, HealthCare.gov will direct you to the right place.

To ensure that all Americans get the coverage and care they deserve, we need your help.   We need you to engage teachers, stakeholders, parents, and volunteers. We need every student, educator, parent and administrator to take health care into his or her own hands.

Thank you for sharing this information with your school communities.

John White
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Rural Outreach
U.S. Department of Education

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