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Helping your employees manage Obamacare

Jason Cannon October 15, 2013

Obamacare is going to help some people. It’s going to hurt others. Some it won’t impact at all. What you think about it will depend largely in which camp you find yourself.

You don’t have to offer insurance advice to help ease their minds and settle their stomachs. Just point them in the direction of better information than they’re likely getting.

First, advise them not to believe anything they hear from their friends and family. And I mean anything.

Secondly, don’t believe anything they read on Facebook. I can’t stress this enough.

The Affordable Healthcare Act has an army of people placed around each state whose job it is to help citizens navigate the ins and outs of the law. Aptly dubbed Navigators, here’s a list of agencies who can help.

These people act as consultants and are forbidden from advising you to purchase or make any kind of insurance changes. Their role is to answer questions and guide you to the conclusion that you’ve reached yourself. Many are available to speak to your organization. Contacting them for an in-house presentation for your employees could go a long way in easing insurance-related tensions. Even if your employees don’t get the answers they’re looking for, at least they got answers.

Enroll America is another such resource, but it isn’t supported by the government. So, if you’re the conspiracy theory type, here’s an independent route. They also offer webinars.

Both agencies have good information specific to your state, since not all states treat Obamacare the same way.

The mission of both organizations is to help and enroll qualified individuals, so if you’re looking for someone to bash the President with, this probably isn’t the route for you.

Not that I don’t love a good ole fashioned Obama-bashin’ session, consider this: Obamacare is here, and it’s our new reality.

And while it may change, it’s not likely to go away. We may as well figure out how to survive with it. We can bash it once we’ve crossed that bridge.

The presentation I attended lasted two hours, and while I still left with a sense of disgust and oppression, I did walk away feeling that I knew more than I did before. And I felt better about my ability to help myself.

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Jason Cannon is Online Managing Editor for Truck Parts & Service.

You can follow me on twitter at @By_Jason_Cannon

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