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Obama-Care Exchange Offers Free Smart Phones

From the Nashville Business Journal:

Tennessee’s health insurance co-op offers unique benefit: a smartphone

By E.J. Boyer | September 30, 2013

Community Health Alliance, Tennessee’s health insurance co-op, is running a unique promotional program to drive enrollment in its plans for sale on the exchange: health insurance in exchange for a smartphone.

As part of its Community Health Connection Program, CHA is offering qualified individuals an LG Lucid 2 4G smart phone (or equivalent model), a phone plan and tech support, included as a cost of their health plan benefits. The phone plan includes unlimited talk, unlimited texting and 1.2GB of data.

The idea is to make it easier for providers and patients to stay connected, but it will also help CHA keep track of its member population, many of whom are expected to be new to the health insurance market.

"Members will have the phone number for their CHA representative pre-loaded in their phones and can quickly get answers to questions about their policies," said CHA Chief Operating Officer Judy Slagle in a news release. "At the same time, we will be able to connect with our members by phone, by email or by text almost instantly with health tips and reminders."

To be eligible for a smartphone, after paying the first month’s premium, members must select a primary care physician from CHA’s network within 90 days of their coverage start date. Members must also sign and submit the Community Health Connection agreement and "pledge to stay connected for better health" within 90 days.

Once those requirements are met, the phone — preloaded with health apps, contact information for a CHA representative, and phone numbers for primary care doctors and after-hours clinic — will be shipped to members within two weeks.

To stay in the program, CHA Community Health Connection members must create a member profile on the CHA website and schedule and visit their primary care physician within 180 days of coverage start date.

"Members must act on their pledge," said Jerry Burgess, Community Health Alliance president and CEO, in a news release. "They have 180 days to see their doctor. For people who haven’t had health insurance, this is a critical step. They will be able to work with their doctor to make a plan to improve their health."

CHA is selling individual plans on the new federally run Tennessee marketplace in five of the state’s eight regions.

As the Daily Caller has pointed out, this Obama-Care ‘co-op’ received a federal loan of more than $73 million last year. So, we the US taxpayers, are paying for these ‘free’ phones.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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