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October 1, 2013

Champions for Coverage help Americans understand the Health Insurance Marketplace

Local help available

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today recognized more than 900 Champions for Coverage nationwide. These organizations and businesses have volunteered to help Americans without affordable insurance learn more and get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opens for business tomorrow and will give consumers a whole new way to shop and purchase affordable, high quality health coverage.

”A network of volunteers on the ground in every state - health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates, and local elected officials - can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled,” said Secretary Sebelius.

In Rushville, patients and those with questions may contact Meridian Health Services, 509 Conrad Harcourt Way, or call 765-932-3699 and ask to speak with Jenny Ford. The main website for information on healthcare, insurance and the marketplace is www.healthcare.gov.

Champions for Coverage include national and local businesses and organizations - bloggers, community health centers, hospitals, communities of faith, and civic organizations. They will use publicly available materials from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) - both digital and in print - to help members of their communities understand their new options through the Marketplace. There are many ways these organizations are helping, including providing information about the law in their office, hosting education events, or posting information on their website.

”We are both excited and thankful to have such a wide variety of businesses and organizations that want to get involved and help us spread the message about these new opportunities for people to access quality, affordable health insurance with open enrollment beginning tomorrow,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “Coverage for those who enroll by Dec. 15 will begin on Jan. 1, 2014.”

The growing list of organizations includes:

* American Academy of Family Physicians

* American Nurses Association

* Bon Secours Health System

* Men’s Health Network

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