Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius kicked off “Enrollment Week,” a push to get more enrollments under the Affordable Care Act, at an event today at Montclair State University. Joining her were State Sen. Nia Gill and Montclair State president Susan Cole.
The economics of Obamacare require young, healthy adults to join the exchanges in order to spread risk. During her talk, Sebelius appealed to the young, making reference to March Madness and pointing out that “people can sustain injuries when they least expect it.” An injury in a game of pick-up basketball, she pointed out, could lead to thousands of dollar in medical bills. But with 88 percent of the uninsured are eligible for some form of financial assistance for health care, she emphasized that getting coverage under the ACA is affordable.
“A 27-year-old, earning about $25,000 in NJ, can find a plan for as little as $114 a month with the tax credit they’re eligible for,” Sebelius said. “My guess is they can’t find a cell phone plan for $114 a month.”
Montclair State will host an enrollment center, where students and members of surrounding communities can get information on signing up, through next Monday’s deadline for open enrollment. Located in the Student Center, the center will be open every day through next Monday.
Here is video from the event.
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