Snowed In? Sign Up, Says HHS

By Susan Jones | January 4, 2014 | 8:54am EST

The Health and Human Services Department is urging Americans to share this image on Facebook.

( – A snow day; Christmas dinner -- anytime is the right time to concentrate on health insurance, the Obama administration says. Particularly if you’re young and healthy.

On Friday evening, at the end of a “snow day” in the Northeastern United States, the Health and Human Services Department posted the following “get covered” reminder aimed at the Facebook crowd:

"SHARE THIS: A snow day is the perfect day to #GetCovered"

“Not Going Anywhere Today?” says the caption on a photo showing a snow-covered car and home. “Visit to #GetCovered.”

As reported, first lady Michelle Obama, a week before Christmas, urged other “moms” and grandmothers to “make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care.” She urged Americans to “ring in the new year” with “new coverage.”

The late-Friday reminder from HHS  to “get covered” comes on a day when the widely read Drudge Report posted an article from a British newspaper, the Daily Mail, about problems for newly covered patients trying to get treatment at a northern Virginia hospital.

"They had no idea if my insurance was active or not!" said the Daily Mail headline: “Obamacare confusion reigns as frustrated patients walk out of hospitals without treatment.”

The MailOnline said it “spoke with patients who were told they would have to pay their bills in full if they couldn't prove they had insurance.”

On Dec. 31, Health and Human Services officials said 2.1 million people had signed up for Obamacare on either the federal or state exchanges, but signing up doesn’t mean everyone has paid their premiums.

The White House has posted a “tip sheet” on its website, telling new enrollees to “make sure you’re covered,” and to bring their insurance cards with them to doctors and pharmacies that “are in your network.” The tip sheet also reminds enrollees to pay their premiums by the due date.


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