The Health Insurance Marketplace in New Jersey starts on October 1, 2013.
That means we have a lot of work to do to get the word out, to learn, and to plan for enrolling as many as possible of the 900,000+ in New Jersey without health insurance. Your role is critical, and we hope you can help us. One thing you can do right off the bat is to share this email with your partners and colleagues. Here are a few more things you can do to get ready:
- Get up to speed on what you and your clients, patients, and family need to know. Basic information is available on healthcare.gov and cuidadodesalud.gov for consumers. Webinars <http://marketplace.cms.gov/newsevents/webinars/spring-summer-2013-health-insurance-marketplace-training-schedule.pdf> are available for partners, along with pre-recorded training videos and powerpoints <http://marketplace.cms.gov/training/get-training.html> . The Kaiser Family Foundation has also come out with a nice animated video <http://kff.org/health-reform/video/youtoons-obamacare-video/> you can share on social media, like twitter or Facebook. These could all come in handy if you have a training or event coming up. For more detailed training, please send a note to Norma.Harris@cms.hhs.gov or Frank.Winter@cms.hhs.gov, as we’ll have several in person sessions coming up throughout the state.
- Get Social. Once you know the basics, talk to your family and friends. Let them know they can start looking for health coverage at healthcare.gov starting in October, and they can sign up for text and email alerts today via the website. You can also like us on Facebook, and follow us on twitter @HealthCareGov and @HHSRegion2. Please retweet, share, and like if we have something interesting to say.
- If you or your organization has a blog or website, please put up one of our widgets or badges <http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/widgets-and-badges/mp-badges-english.html> , so people using your site will know where they can go to find health insurance. It would be of great help!
- Refer. If you know someone who has a question you can’t answer, don’t be afraid to ask us for the answer. You can also refer them to our new toll free number 1-800-318-2596 TTY/TDD can dial 1-855-889-4325, or to healthcare.gov where live chat is available. Soon, there will also be navigators and other counselors available to help.
- Print and share materials: Basic information about coverage for individuals <http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/about-the-marketplace-english.pdf> and small businesses <http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/about-shop-english-brochure.pdf> is available in English and a wide variety of languages. These are great to use at health fairs and in waiting areas, or to share with friends, family, and colleagues. Materials can also be ordered here <http://productordering.cms.hhs.gov/> , for organizations that register. Last of all, drop-in articles <http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/publications-and-articles.html> are available that can be used in newsletters and other publications.
- Listen. Personal stories remind us all why this is so important. Here are three: Lupita’s story <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK0ZAychntk&list=PLUslxKz-YuCjD-9VRKOQkd4GHoZDrbMaV> , Howard’s story <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBIayu5BGow&list=PLUslxKz-YuCjD-9VRKOQkd4GHoZDrbMaV> , Jaime’s story <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqQwML2O19Q&feature=player_embedded>
Thanks for your help in letting your partners, friends, families, and colleagues know that a new way of getting health coverage is on its way, and for helping many of them have access to health insurance for the first time.
Frank M. Winter
CMS New York Regional Office of External Affairs