Kathleen Sebelius

Pediatric PR: Sebelius tells pediatricians to promote ‘Obamacare’

by Tom Howell Jr.-The Washington Times  |  published on May 7, 2013

President Obama’s top health official asked the nation’s pediatric groups on Monday to spread the word about benefits within the federal health care law, a plea that coincides with mounting pressure to implement the ambitious overhaul before its main provisions kick in next year.

“Our ability to get more people covered and create healthier families is going to be determined by our ability to educate people and sign them up. And we’re going to need your help,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Pediatric Academies Societies’ annual meeting in Washington, in remarks prepared for delivery.

The secretary was referring to the Affordable Care Act’s state-based insurance markets, where qualified consumers without employer-based insurance will be able to buy health plans with the help of government tax credits.

Coverage from the markets, or “exchanges,” will take effect in 2014. About half the states asked the federal government to set up their exchanges for them instead of taking on the task — an unanticipated trend that is stretching the federal government’s resources.

The Obama administration and lawmakers on Capitol Hill are paying close attention to the rollout of “Obamacare” in coming months, particularly as polls show many Americans do not understand how the reforms may affect their lives.

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