HEALTH CARE FOR THE HOLIDAYS


 

By Jueseppi B.

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This holiday season, millions of Americans have a chance to get quality, affordable health insurance—many for the first time. If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them. It might not always seem like it, but your family listens to you. So have the talk.

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Use this list to make sure your family members have what they need to shop on the new health insurance marketplace.

 

SEND A PACKING LIST

Are your family members traveling home for the holidays? There are a few things they’ll need to sign up for health coverage. Make sure they bring the following items with them before they head home.

 

PACKING LIST

In order to shop on the new health insurance marketplace, you’ll need to have a few basic pieces of information with you:

  1. Your Social Security Number
  2. Information about your employer and income— either a pay stub or a copy of your most recent W-2 tax form
  3. If you currently have health insurance, you’ll need your health insurance card or paperwork that includes a health policy number

DOUBLE CHECK

Here are some common things to think about before getting started:

  1. Your budget: What is your budget? How much can you afford to pay each month for health coverage?
  2. Existing insurance: Is health insurance currently offered through your job?
  3. Current costs: If you do currently have coverage, what are your costs?
  4. Coverage Goals: What kind of coverage are you looking for? There are lots of options based on what you want and how much you want to pay.

 

 

PLAN YOUR TALK

Take a moment to plan when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance.

 

PLANNING YOUR HEALTH CARE TALK

Make sure you have a plan for when, where, and how you’ll talk to your family about health insurance. Here are a few tips to help you prepare.

 

 

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PICK A TIME

Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute—be sure to start the conversation early!

Integrate the talk into family time:Take advantage of downtime after meals or between holiday activities to start your talk.

 

 

 

Talk

THINK ABOUT HOW YOU’LL BRING IT UP

Make it personal: Be honest about your feelings and why this is important to you.

Be persistent, but keep it positive: Tell them you care about their health, and focus on the benefits that come from knowing that you have health insurance.

 

 

Place

CHOOSE A PLACE

Get creative: Think about what matters to your family member. Make it memorable!

Find a Quiet Place to Shop: You can start your conversation anywhere, but to shop for health coverage, you will want a more quiet, private place to make a phone call or use the internet.

 

 

START THE CONVERSATION

Here are some tips on talking to your family about how to sign up and how to answer common questions.

 

CONVERSATION TIPS

 

Start by asking: “Have you thought about signing up for health insurance on the new marketplace?”

 

Offer to walk them through it: “Would you like to take some time with me to sign up right now?”

 

Ask them to make a plan, and commit to it:“When do you plan on signing up?”

 

Don’t forget to follow up: “Have you signed up yet?”

 

 

WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO COMMUNICATE:

  • Being covered helps you stay healthy and protects you in an emergency.
  • You can find a plan that fits your budget—financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
  • You get to choose the plan that’s right for you.
  • All the health insurance plans on the new marketplace provide free preventive care—including routine checkups, vaccinations and screenings.
  • You can’t be denied insurance because of a preexisting condition, and lifetime limits are now banned, so your insurance will be there when you need it.
  • For your coverage to start January 1, you’ll need to sign up by December 15.
  • Open enrollment for plans in the marketplace is now through March, but getting started sooner is better.

 

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

PLEDGE TO HAVE THE TALK

Make a pledge to have a conversation with your family about health insurance this holiday season.

 

Get ready to have the talk

 

Published on Oct 31, 2013

This holiday season, be ready to talk to your loved ones about getting covered. These conversations don’t have to be tough — OFA can help. Check out barackobama.com/talk to learn more.

 

 

If you have family members who are uninsured, you can play a big part in helping them find coverage that works for them.

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President Obama’s OFA call – Nov 18, 2013

 

 

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  2. This was excellent, truly.

  3. My daughter just got her packet in the mail but hasn’t had a chance to read it yet.

    • Thats curious to me, is she the anti-Obama daughter?

      • Heck no! This is the daughter that still lives with us until she plans to marry next year. During the last election we all went to bed not knowing whether he won or lost and she woke us up in the wee hours of the morning to tell us Obama won. We all screamed and cried. This one is staunchly supporting Obama, just like me. My other daughter by this husband recently became an art professor at a university and she is an Obama supporter with her partner. Maybe you forgot; I have four children. The first two were raised in NC and are gun-nuts but my son did not vote – he wasn’t even registered.

      • I only heard you speak of the gun nut anti Obama side of the family besides your husband. I never knew you had a daughter at home, but thats good you have supporters close to you. Tell her I said congratulations on her impending nuptials.

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