Navigating The Health Law's New Insurance Options

In some states, the task of helping consumers find their way through the health law's new online insurance marketplace has fallen to "navigators." In general, though, news outlets report on the strategies and public outreach efforts underway in locations across the country.  

The Associated Press: S. Texas Provides Gauge On Health Care Law Impact
Promoters of the new federal health care law have spent months crisscrossing border communities in South Texas, speaking to church congregations and making presentations in community centers where some of the nation's largest pockets of uninsured can be found (9/29).

The Associated Press: Florida Pushes Health Care Law Education
With less than 24 hours until the launch of one of the key components of the new federal health law, hundreds of health counselors and volunteers are fanning out across the state, knocking on doors, working phone banks and manning tables at concerts and sporting events to tell people how to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (Kennedy, 9/29).

The CT Mirror: Pitching Obamacare In Hartford, Home Of 34,000 Uninsured
With about 3.4 percent of the state's population, Hartford is home to close to 10 percent of Connecticut’s uninsured. And so, as efforts intensify to get the state’s uninsured covered through new options becoming available under the federal health reform law, Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has charged the agencies he oversees with making a special push to reach "the Hartford 34,000” (Becker, 9/30).

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Becoming A Navigator Is No Simple Matter
It happened during the exam for Eligibility and Enrollment--an SAT flashback. I was back in high school baffled by questions with multiple-choice answers so nuanced they would fluster a philosopher. … But this wasn't the SATs. I was testing to become a navigator. Not one who directs airplanes, ships, or that annoying GPS voice that continually says "recalculating." No, I was studying to become a navigator for the Affordable Care Act (Calandra, 9/29).

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