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Barack After Dark™: The White House Blog Updates On New Years Eve….Happy New 2014


By Jueseppi B.




Kori Schulman
Kori Schulman

December 31, 2013
09:00 AM EST


At the White House, we’re always looking for new ways to engage with citizens online – and 2013 was no exception. As 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to look back at some of ourfavorite online moments of the past year.


This year, President Obama answered your questions about housing on Zillow.com, and connected directly with Americans from around the country during a Fireside Hangout on Google+after his State of the Union Address. In her first ever Twitter Q&A, the First Lady answered questions about Let’s Move! and healthy living in 140 characters.


In 2013, the White House joined TumblrInstagram and started sharing six-second videos on Vine. It’s also been a big year on Twitter – with new official accounts for the First LadyDr. Bidenand many more White House officials to engage on issues including the economy, foreign policy and immigration reform. We continued to open the doors of the White House by inviting folks from all over to join our first-ever White House hackathon and Instagram meet up.


Take a look at some of our favorite online moments below or over on Storify. And stay tuned for opportunities to engage with President Obama and the White House in the New Year by following us on TwitterFacebookGoogle+Instagram and Tumblr.


See All The 13 Favorite Online Moments of 2013.






Lights. Camera. Education!


Are you a student filmmaker? Know someone who is?


We want your help.


If you’re a student, we want you to make a short film — and have the chance to show it right here at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the first-ever White House Student Film Festival. If you’re a parent or a friend, pass this on to a student you know.


The topic? Technology in classrooms. There’s huge power in what technology can do for education — from taking a course online, to collaborating with students from across the country (or the world!).


We’re looking for awesome student filmmakers to show the power of technology in classrooms in a short film.


If that sounds like you — or someone you know — go to WhiteHouse.gov/Film-Festival and find out how you can participate.





Our schools are more high-tech than ever. There are laptops in nearly every classroom. You can take an online course on Japanese — and then video chat with a kid from Japan. You can learn about geometry through an app on your iPad. So, what does it all mean?


We’re looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.








The White House Blog


The Year in Review: Our 17 Favorite FLOTUS Moments in 2013

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of our favorite digital moments with First Lady Michelle Obama in 2013. Check them out and be sure to follow the First Lady on Twitter (@FLOTUS) and Instagram (@MichelleObama).




The Year in Review: The White House’s 13 Favorite GIFs of 2013

The White House joined Tumblr in 2013 and we’re pleased to share 13 of our favorite GIFs from the past year with you. They’re pretty amazing, so don’t forget to follow the White House on Tumblr.




The Year in Review: Top @WhiteHouse Tweets of 2013


Over the past twelve months, @WhiteHouse added almost a million new followers and continued to be an important tool for the White House to engage with the American people and give updates from President Obama and his Administration. Check out the top tweets of 2013 and be sure to follow @WhiteHouse on Twitter.







Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

December 31, 2013
12:40 PM EST


Ed. note: This is cross-posted from hhs.gov/healthcare. See the original post here.


January 1 marks not only the beginning of a New Year, but an exciting new day in health care as millions of Americans will now be able to access care, thanks to the coverage they found at the Health Insurance Marketplace. For many of the newly insured – people like Molly from Charlottesville, VA or Mark from Austin, TX – it will be the first time that they can enjoy the security that comes with health coverage.


For consumers whose Marketplace coverage begins on January 1, we’re doing everything we can to help ensure a smooth transition period.  If consumers have questions about their new private insurance coverage, they can contact their insurance company directly. Consumers can log into their account on HealthCare.gov to find their insurer’s customer service line or browse through a directory on HealthCare.gov.


Before you go to the doctor or pharmacy using your new insurance for the first time, check out this tip sheet, and make sure to:


  • Get your insurance card or a temporary card with your new plan’s information. If you don’t have your card yet, ask your insurance company to give you another way to confirm your coverage.
  • Make sure you know when your first premium payment is due and pay it by the due date;
  • Check to see which doctors and pharmacies are in your network.


And at your first visit:

  • Bring your insurance card with you to the doctor or pharmacy. If you don’t have a card, ask your doctor or pharmacy what other proof of insurance they may accept.
  • If you thought you enrolled in health coverage but aren’t showing up in the system, call your insurance company directly. If you don’t have your insurer’s contact information call the Marketplace Call Center (1-800-318-2596) and a trained representative can provide it to you.


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2 replies »

  1. Happy New Year, my friend, there is always hope ahead. When I forget that, you can remind me. I love this post, the highlights, the photos and, oh yes, more balls. ;) I’ve been busy with kids going in and out. At this moment I wait for both to let me know they arrived safely. I am fortunate. <3


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