By Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services
Pharmacies across America are stepping up to help you understand and get ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace. And I want to say "thank you!"
Families throughout our country look to their pharmacy as a place they can go to for honest, straightforward advice they can trust.
Today, I was in Hoboken, New Jersey, as Rite Aid announced they would take an active role in outreach and education to help their customers learn more about the Marketplace with a range of resources in their stores and online. And others, too, have agreed to spread the word.
Companies such as Thrift White Pharmacy, BI-LO Pharmacy, Winn-Dixie Pharmacy, SoloHealth, StayHealthy, and CVS, are willing to help out because they know that quality affordable health coverage is important.
Since Americans trust their pharmacists for tell-it-like-it-is advice about their health, America's pharmacies have a special role in these efforts. And it's a role that Rite Aid and other pharmacies are embracing.
When open enrollment starts on October 1, 2013, you'll be able to apply, compare plans, and enroll in the Marketplace. Coverage starts as soon as January 1, 2014.
For millions of Americans, better health care options are on the way — as long as they sign up. And we are thankful to pharmacies across the country that are helping.
Learn more about the Marketplace and how to get ready to enroll at HealthCare.gov.