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'Obamacare' enrollment launch just 8 weeks away

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:55 a.m. HST, Aug 05, 2013



Just eight weeks remain before uninsured Americans can start shopping online for subsidized health insurance under the president's overhaul.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said today consumers can now go online to healthcare.gov and create personal accounts by establishing a username and password.

Serious shopping will have to wait until sometime in September, when details on insurance plans and premiums offered in local areas become available.

The new online insurance marketplaces will be geared to people who don't have coverage through their jobs.

Open enrollment starts Oct. 1, and insurance benefits take effect Jan. 1.

Sebelius also said she doesn't mind if people call it "Obamacare" — if that helps getting the uninsured signed up.







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pcman wrote:
What's to shop for in Hawaii? Unless you are on MEDICARE, MEDICADE or Tricare, your only choice is HMSA or Kaiser. Makes no sense to have to pay 2% more for the service that you can do yourself by making 2 phone calls or making 2 email queries. After you decide which insurance you want, you'll have to pay an additional 2% for life. What a rip off.
on August 5,2013 | 09:52AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
8 weeks away and nobody has a clue how it works. Good work.
on August 5,2013 | 11:28AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Just eight weeks remain before uninsured Americans can start shopping online for subsidized health insurance under the president's overhaul. Translation: Just eight weeks before money is taken from me to pay for other people's health insurance. Isn't America a wonderful place?
on August 5,2013 | 01:04PM
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