"Hey, Doc," TMA's multimedia patient education campaign about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace, continues into its third month on video, on the Internet, and in the news media. To keep up with the program or to refer your patients, go to heydoc.texmed.org.
The White House now promises that they will clear up all the healthcare.gov computer glitches by Nov. 30, so patients can buy insurance from the marketplace to comply with ACA's "individual mandate," which requires everyone to be covered next year. The goal of "Hey, Doc" is to provide your patients with no-nonsense answers to their top questions.
As we roll out the campaign for the public, we will also share the questions and answers with you. Segment 3 — "All About the Plans" — is now available.
Remember, though, plenty of questions right now have no answers, have partial answers, or have answers that will continue to change.
These websites provide details on the insurance marketplace, what to expect, and how to sign up:
- Healthcare.gov – the federal government's official website for consumer information on the marketplace and the health care law overall.
- Marketplace.cms.gov – another federal resource with explanations, checklists, and official forms, applications, and language materials.
- Be Covered Texas – an English-Spanish website set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to help Texans understand how the marketplace will work here and how to sign up. The site also offers materials such as printable fact sheets on the marketplace and the health reform law and checklists to get ready.
- Kaiser Family Foundation's (KFF's) State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles – an interactive map detailing each state's insurance marketplace.
- KFF's Subsidy Calculator – a tool to help families estimate how much they could spend on health insurance and whether they qualify for financial assistance.
Action, Nov. 1, 2013