Today as Congress debates the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was passed into law by Congress on March 23, 2010 as H.R. 3590, DC Health Link has stated that the marketplace will be ready and open for business on October 1.
“Consumers and small business owners will be able to compare and shop for health plans that best fit their needs. No one will experience any delays in coverage. The technical issues discussed in the news will not impact anyone’s access to coverage,” DC Health Link said.
Some members of Congress have said that the law is not ready due to possibility of fraud and scams that may occur as customers face confusion and disorientation amid the public debate and controversy surrounding the new healthcare law.
DC Health is the new online health insurance marketplace for District of Columbia residents. “Procedures have been developed to ensure residents will not experience a delay in coverage, while continuously enhancing the functionality of the system with new tools and features,” DC Health Link reports.
The reports of Social Security numbers being released by accident and scam artists calling residents pretending to be Healthcare Experts has caused fear and apprehension by members of Congress who feel the law should be delayed for a year. DC Health Link is assuring District of Columbia residents that the best customer service experience is being planned with DC Health Link Assisters and DC Health Link Certified Insurance Experts will be available to help customers in the process of choosing coverage.
Residents can call the DC Health Link Contact Center (1-855-532-5465) if they are being called by con artists or scam artists who are calling residents with false claims or illegal requests. DC Health Link is asking all small business owners and residents to use the customer service center. President Barack Obama has said the healthcare marketplaces will open on Tuesday October 1, 2013, regardless of whether there is a government shut-down or not.
District of Columbia residents will have a choice of insurers that include Aetna, BlueCross BlueShield, Kaiser Permanente, and United Healthcare. There will be a choice of 267 health plan options that include HMOs, and PPOs.
Small business owners have the option of getting plans online or they can use a broker. Only small business owners with 50 or more employees are required to provide health insurance for their employees. The insurance premiums can be paid online by check or by using the telephone. The DC Health Link reminds residents that payments must be made by December 12, 2013 for coverage to begin by January 1, 2014.
Contrary to what is being done in the news, working journalists are not allowed to take positions for or against the subject of their coverage. Journalism ethics require journalists to remain neutral. The heated debate over the healthcare law is causing very volatile reactions across the nation. However, the law has been by passed by Congress, it has been signed by the President of the United States, and it has been upheld by the Supreme Court. It is the law. Unless the law is repealed it remains the law. Law abiding Americans always obey the law. Asking Americans to disobey the law is treason.
DC Healthcare Link will offer a premium tax credit calculator to estimate District of Columbia residents their health insurance premium costs. October 1, 2013 is now three days way. The law goes into effect on October 1.
Please go to dchealthlink.com for more information.