The Affordable Care Act and Your City – Toolkit and Webinar for Elected Officials

September 3, 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.  

“As elected officials, there is so much that we can do to help both our uninsured residents obtain health care coverage, and our small employers provide their workers with affordable, quality health care,” said Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers, president of the National League of Cities.  “Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has teamed with NLC so that we can provide you with the information and tools we need.  I know that I will be relying on these resources to help me help my constituents obtain the insurance they want and need.”

NLC can help, with resources such as the “Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach and Enrollment Toolkit for Elected Officials.” This toolkit provides an overview of the Healthcare Marketplace, a sample outreach and enrollment plan, sample materials to share with constituents, community resources, a series of frequently asked questions and HHS’s regional office contacts, who can provide answers to specific questions.   

NLC also co-hosted a webinar with the Department of Health and Human Services, “The Affordable Care Act and Your City – Helping Residents Help Themselves.” The webinar was held on Wednesday, August 28 and addressed:

How elected officials can help their constituents and smaller employers obtain the health insurance they need and deserve;
How the Health Insurance Marketplace and SHOP will work;
Information about subsidies for those individuals who need insurance but whose incomes are too low to afford it;
How a city can become a Certified Application Counselor; and 
Perhaps most importantly, the basic information every American should know about the Affordable Care Act.
 
NLC’s webpage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides additional information, including a link to contact NLC staff with questions about implementation of the ACA.