Dear Members of the CPS Family of Employees,
In an effort to keep you informed about the federal Affordable Care Act, Clinton Public Schools is sharing the following information:
The Affordable Care Act ("ACA") was signed into law by President Obama on March 23, 2010. The ACA creates "American Health Benefit Exchanges," or Health Insurance Marketplaces, by 2014. All states are mandated to create a Marketplace. If a state fails to create a Marketplace, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services ("HHS") will create a Marketplace in that state. Oklahoma's leadership has decided not to create a Marketplace. As a result, the Marketplace in Oklahoma will be set up by the federal government. The Marketplace is not an insurer but will provide individuals with access to insurers' plans in a comparable manner. Enrollment through the Marketplace is scheduled to begin October 1, 2013 for insurance coverage that will be effective January 1, 2014.