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HHS opens new Obamacare hotline available in over 150 languages

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

The Obama administration Monday launched a 24-hour call center and new website to help assist consumers preparing and eventually sign up for health insurance under Obamacare.

The call center will provide assistance in English, Spanish and more than 150 languages through and interpretation and translation service. The revamped website, Heathcare.gov, is also available in Spanish CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

“The new website and toll-free number have a simple mission: to make sure every American who needs health coverage has the information they need to make choices that are right for themselves and their families — or their businesses,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in a Monday statement.

According to HHS, they are on target to meet the Oct. 1 goal for open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace or “exchange.”

“The re-launched Healthcare.gov and new call center will help consumers prepare for the new coverage opportunities coming later this year,” Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner added. “In October, HealthCare.gov will be the online destination for consumers to compare and enroll in affordable, qualified health plans.”

The new Obamacare educational tools come as the Obama administration is working to promote the health care law in advance of the Oct. 1 open enrollment date.

Sebelius also revealed on Monday that she has been in talks with the National Football League about promoting Obamacare.

According to The Hill, the cabinet secretary said that the NFL has been “very actively and enthusiastically engaged” in conversations about their potential participation in Obamacare insurance plan promotion.

The Department has also been in talks with the NBA about Obamacare promotion as well, according to reports.

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