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December 2, 2013

Re: I.   Affordable Care Act Update
II.  Division of Pensions and Benefits now on Social Media

Dear Mayor:

I. Affordable Care Act Update

This information could be useful to you and your constituents.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that their efforts to correct technical problems with the Affordable Care Act website have resulted in improvements and that 90 percent of users are able to create accounts.

Anyone interested is invited to:
Click here to visit and fill out an application right now.

Those who would prefer to apply offline have three other options. They can:

- Call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 and begin an application over the phone with a trained Call Center representative, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users should dial 1-855-889-4325.

- Visit a trained counselor to apply in person. Find one in your area here.

- Download a paper application form and mail it in.

Those who want their coverage to start as early as January 1, 2014, need to complete the application process by the deadline, which was recently extended to December 23, 2013.

We also want to remind you that there are still spaces open for our upcoming (Monday, December 9) seminar on the Affordable Care Act. Information and registration is available online at

II. Division of Pensions and Benefits now on Social Media

The Division of Pensions and Benefits has recently launched official Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts. These social media accounts have been created for the limited purpose of generally discussing pension plans, health benefit programs, and the Division of Pensions and Benefits administration and operations. These sites are not intended nor created to be a general public forum, or to discuss individual member or annuitant specific information.

We encourage you and your employees to stay connected to the Division through the new social media accounts listed below:


Very truly yours,

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director



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