HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Praises Houston For Promoting Health Law

Official portrait of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius [Wikipedia/Department of Health and Human Services]
While the nation prepares for Thanksgiving, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a moment to thank local and state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act — despite a problematic web site and resistant Republicans in many states, including Texas.

Sebelius not only thanked local officials for promoting the health law, but urged them to keep it up.

She says the troubled website HealthCare.gov should be working more smoothly by December 1, but it’s already better than before.

“We’ve added hardware, we’ve added software. We’re continuing to work on the parts of the website that were too confusing to people. And well beyond December 1, those improvements will continue.”

During the nationwide conference call, Sebelius thanked the mayor of Cleveland for his outreach efforts, and state officials in Florida who organized sign-up efforts at churches.

And she singled out officials here in Houston for an education event they held November 16 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

“In Houston, in Harris County, there was an ACA Town Hall meeting that included almost 2,000 people that were interested in learning more about enrollment.”

 Sebelius reminded people that the first enrollment deadline of December 15 has now been pushed back a week.

“The extension is that if people actually get enrolled by December 23, they will indeed have coverage starting in January.”

Sebelius says uninsured people can continue to enroll after December 23, but their coverage won’t start until February or later.    

For more information, visit KUHF's Affordable Care Act information page

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Carrie Feibel

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Carrie Feibel is KUHF's health and science reporter. She comes to Houston Public Radio after ten years as a print reporter...