A top Obama administration official visited Austin on Thursday and met with community leaders to help with the roll-out of the next major piece of the federal health insurance law.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius prompted criticism from Republican state leaders for coming to Texas to speak with Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe and several health care industry leaders. The purpose of her visit was to promote the federally run insurance marketplace called for by the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” The federally run marketplace will be up and running on Oct. 1, and coverage will begin Jan. 1.
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HEALTH CARE IN-DEPTH
This is one in a series of Statesman reports leading up to implementation of the new health care law.