STATE — U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will visit New Jersey Monday, Sept. 9, representing President Barack Obama’s effort to persuade at least 7 million Americans who now lack insurance to sign up for coverage starting Oct. 1.
Sebelius will make an appearance a Rite Aid in Hoboken with CEO John Standley as the pharmacy chain announces new resources to help its customers prepare for Obamacare, the landmark law officially known as the Affordable Care Act.
Sebelius was governor of Kansas from 2003 until 2009, when she resigned to join Obama’s cabinet.
The Kaiser Family Foundation which recently completed the most comprehensive survey yet of what Obamacare plans will actually cost and that shows the premiums charged for insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act exchanges will be even cheaper than forecast by the Congressional Budget Office.
Conservative Republicans and outside advocacy groups spent the summer pushing Congress to derail Obama’s health care law, some going as far as to threaten to impose budget restrictions that could force the federal government to shut down.
Those efforts appear to be losing momentum as the debate over military intervention in Syria becomes all consuming on Capitol Hill.
At a recent town hall meeting in Philadelphia Sebelius declared that: “A brand new day is coming,” referring to October 1st, when people without health care coverage will be eligible to enroll in a “marketplace” to buy affordable health insurance.
“Healthcare.gov, and the the Spanish version is cuidadodesalud.gov,” Sebelius said. “Anyone can access the web site, begin to develop an account, get information about what’s coming, get questions answered.”
Five New Jersey groups received about $2 million in federal grant money, out of 105 agencies across the country that received $67 million for the Navigator program.
Navigators are designated to help the uninsured sign up for the health care exchanges, walk people through the process of picking and applying for an insurance plan as well as explaining the law’s new rules and mandates.
New Jersey’s Navigators are: Center for Family Services, Orange ACA Navigator Project, Urban League of Hudson County, Public Health Solutions and the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
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