Yogi's Corner: Transcript of "How" Health Exchanges Will Operate
For now, a "snippet" from a NPR Show transcript, which featured a panel of three [so-called] health care journalists and/or experts.
The Guest Host is Tom Gjelten, and the expert is Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Adviser, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, explaining "how" one signs up for ObamaCare.
Well, Susan, will these -- some of these exchanges are actually physical locations where you can go in, in person. I mean Julie mentioned websites, but you can do it either online or in person at least in some cases, right?
Well, it -- by and large, the exchanges are online sites. You can go and get help from people in various places to help you sign up online.
We should underscore, too, that for the states that have elected to have the federal government run the exchanges for them, you will be signing up entirely online.
You'll go to healthcare.gov. You'll fill in your state. Then you'll be directed toward the sub-site of the healthcare.gov site that takes enrollment for your state.
So for that vast majority of people who are going to be eligible in those particular states, that's how they will sign up.
As we've said, there's a whole manner of people out there to help you, navigators, assissters, various enrollment counselors, certified application counselors. You can find out about those on the site of an individual state exchange.
Those will list frequently who those people are who can help you out and a whole other array organizations that have hospitals. Many physicians' offices are also helping people to sign up for coverage.
Remember: Individuals who are participating in the "Federal" Health Exchange MUST complete their actual enrollment "online," although they are allowed to consult "in person" with navigators, etc.
[Personally, I was always confused on this point.]