NLC Learning Session: The Affordable Care Act and Your City – Helping Residents Help Themselves

August 9, 2013

By Neil Bomberg

Beginning October 1, 2013, a new Health Insurance Marketplace will open in every state, giving Americans a whole new way to shop for health insurance.  With that, every American will be able to begin the process of obtaining affordable, quality health insurance.  Individuals will not be the only ones to benefit; employers with less than 50 employees, including small cities, will also be able to take advantage of their state’s Small Business Health Insurance Options Program (SHOP).   SHOP will give small employers and their employees some of the advantages large employers have today, including choices among high quality health plans to meet every budget.

These changes, however, are creating a lot of confusion about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) means for individuals and businesses.   NLC wants to clear up some of the confusion.  

On Wednesday, August 28, at 2:00 p.m. ET, NLC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will host a learning session on the Health Insurance Marketplace and SHOP, with information on how elected officials can help residents and small businesses obtain the health care coverage they need.

Entitled The Affordable Care Act and Your City – Helping Residents Help Themselves, this learning session will not be about the politics of the ACA or the politics of the Healthcare Marketplaces and SHOPs – we will leave that to others -  but about the reality of the Marketplaces and SHOPs, and how every local elected official can help their residents and small businesses be able to purchase affordable, quality health insurance.

Please join Emily Barson, Deputy Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, and Neil Bomberg, Program Director, National League of Cities, for “The Affordable Care Act and Your City – Helping Residents Help Themselves.”  To register, click here.  

The hour-long learning session will include:

  • How elected officials can help their constituents and smaller businesses obtain the health insurance they need and deserve;
  • How the Health Insurance Marketplace and SHOP will work;
  • Information about subsidies for individuals who need health insurance but whose incomes are too low to afford it;
  • How a city can become a “Certified Application Counselor;” and
  • Basic information every American should have about the Affordable Care Act.