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Lessons of Obamacare Open Enrollment

We asked the Field Clinic advisory board for thoughts on the most important thing people should know about the impending end of open enrollment in the insurance exchanges on March 31.

Lessons of Obamacare Open Enrollment

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We asked the Field Clinic advisory board for thoughts on the most important thing people should know about the impending end of open enrollment in the insurance exchanges on March 31.

Here is the observation of Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross.

Many people in our region who’ve signed up for individual health coverage since the start of open enrollment on Oct. 1 got a surprise – coverage can be quite affordable.  According to federal statistics, 85 % of people who signed up for health plans in states with federal exchanges – like Pennsylvania – received federal subsidies.  These can dramatically lower the cost.

Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
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Robert I. Field, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H. Professor, School of Law & Drexel School of Public Health
Jeffrey Brenner, MD Founder of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Medical Director of the Urban Health Institute at Cooper University Healthcare
Andy Carter President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa.
Robert B. Doherty Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs & Public Policy American College of Physicians
David Grande, MD, MPA Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tine Hansen-Turton Chief Strategy Officer of Public Health Management Corporation
Drew A. Harris, DPM, MPH Director of Health Policy Program at the Jefferson School of Population Health
Antoinette Kraus Director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network
Laval Miller-Wilson Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Health Law Project
David B. Nash, MD, MBA Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health
Mark V. Pauly, Ph.D. Professor of Health Care Management, Business Economics and Public Policy at The Wharton School
Howard J. Peterson, MHA Managing Partner of TRG Healthcare, a national healthcare consulting firm
Paula L. Stillman, MD, MBA Healthcare consultant with special expertise in population health and disease management
Elizabeth A. W. Williams Senior Vice President & Chief Communications Officer for Independence Blue Cross
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