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HHS Secretary In Columbus To Push ACA Enrollment

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell speaks with reporters in Columbus
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act begins tomorrow, and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell was in Columbus yesterday to tout the program.

Burwell says she has faith in the government's marketplace website. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The marketplace was created by the Affordable Care Act – also known as “Obamacare.” When it launched for the first time last year, its website frequently crashed and confused consumers.  
 
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has high hopes that things will be better this time around but still wants people to be prepared for some hiccups along the way.  
 
Burwell: “In the private sector and in the public sector there’re going to be points in time where the system goes down for different reasons but the overall experience is going to be one that is improved both in terms of that operational functionality and that consumer engagement.”  
 
The enrollment period lasts until February 15 for new members. Current members have until December 15 to enter into a new plan—if they don’t then they’ll be auto-enrolled back into their current plan.