White House Thanks Nursing Organizations for Work on Health Care Reform
Publish Date: 9/17/2013
On Monday, September 16, AORN participated in a conference call hosted by President Obama and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss the October launch of the Health Insurance Marketplace. HHS sees nurses as key players in helping Americans understand new coverage options that will be available when the Marketplace goes live on October 1. During the call, President Obama personally thanked the nursing organizations for their leadership during recent reform initiatives and their members’ persistent dedication to patient safety as reform measures continue to be implemented. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressed optimism that HHS will reach its goal of enrolling over 7 million Americans in health insurance plans through the Marketplace by March of 2014.
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace starts October 1, 2013 and ends on March 31, 2014. Individuals, families and small business will be able to research and compare plans, and purchase coverage through the Marketplace. As the most trusted profession and source of health information, nurses are uniquely positioned to play a critical role in this phase of implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Nurses have exclusive opportunities to share information with patients, communities and fellow nurses about the importance of health insurance coverage to the health of all Americans.
The administration is asking nursing organizations like AORN to help their member nurses learn about the Marketplace to better enable nurses to help their patients understand.
HHS has concise information for health care providers to help answer any questions the providers or their patients may have about the Marketplace:
Health Insurance Marketplace: 10 Things Providers Need to Know
Health Insurance Marketplace: 10 Things to Tell Your Patients