Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson was joined today by Health and Human Services Region V Director, Kathleen Falk; Cleveland Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman, and the City’s Director of Public Health, Karen Butler, for an information session and presentation regarding enrollment in the new online Health Insurance Marketplace beginning on October 1st, 2013, as part of the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“This law that is in place is already providing people benefits. It’s not holding back economic growth; it’s helping millions of Americans, including some of you or your family members,” said President Barack Obama. “Starting on October 1st, it’s going to help millions of more people.”
The Marketplace, also known as the exchange, is a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Individuals and families will now be able to shop among affordable choices, explained in easy-to-understand language. In addition, those with the lowest income levels will now be able to attain coverage for free.
“Access to healthcare is one of the most important public policy issues facing us today,” said Mayor Jackson. “Your health and the health of your family should be a priority for you. You should be able to seek out preventative health care and you shouldn’t have to choose between seeing a doctor and other necessities.”
“Beginning October 1st, for the first time in history, a new Health Insurance Marketplace will open in every state, giving Americans a whole new way to shop for health insurance – making affordable coverage a new reality for many hard working Americans and their families,” said Health and Human Services Regional Director, Kathleen Falk.
All private health insurance plans offered in the Marketplace will offer the same set of essential health benefits. Some of these benefits include: Ambulatory patient services,
emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment, prescription drugs, preventative and wellness services, laboratory services, and more. To view a more comprehensive list, click here.
“We are a City known for our nationally and globally ranked hospitals. Enrollment in the online Health Insurance Marketplace will provide access to thousands in Cleveland who were unable to utilize healthcare in their own backyard,” said Cleveland City Councilman, Joe Cimperman. “It will have a positive impact on the quality of life for many Clevelanders, providing prescription drug discounts to seniors and affordable coverage for adults and children with pre-existing health conditions. It will improve and save lives.”
Multiple health and community partners from across the City and greater Cleveland area have pledged to be a part of the online enrollment process. Those organizations are: UHCAN Ohio, Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Neighborhood Family Practice, Care Alliance Health Center, Asian Services in Action, Cuyahoga Health Access Partnership, Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Services, Carmella Rose Health Foundation, The Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland, Hispanic Alliance of Cleveland, Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging, and United Way 211.
“The time is now for all Cleveland residents to become better informed about their health care insurance options available beginning October 1st,” said the City’s Director of Public Health, Karen Butler. “This is a historic time in our nation’s history and we urge everyone to obtain health coverage for themselves and their families and to spread the word within their communities.”
The City of Cleveland has also pledged to help keep the public informed with the latest updates from the Department of Health and Human Services. Stay up-to-date on Twitter using the hashtag #ACAinCLE. Visit www.healthcare.gov or www.city.cleveland.oh.us to get all the latest information on enrollment, the online Marketplace, and view all available health insurance options or call 1-800-318-2596 to have you questions answered. To view the videos shown during the press event and other multimedia click here.
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