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Host: Scott LaMar

As future of Obamacare is debated -- enrollment continues; Refugee order

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 29, 2017 7:25 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, January 30, 2017:

There were protests around the country this weekend after President Donald Trump's Executive Order Friday that bars all refugees from entering the U.S. .for 120 days, as well as citizens of seven largely Muslim countries for 90 days.  The order resulted in some immigrants being detained at airports across the country, including Philadelphia, and around the world.  It also left many confused.  We'll hear from several people during the program.

The Trump Administration and Republican majorities in Congress have made repealing the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare a priority.  However, health insurance coverage for 2017 is not affected and Americans are still able to sign up for insurance, but the deadline to do so is Tuesday.

The overwhelming number of news stories about the possible demise of the ACA and as of yet defined replacement plan may have led some to believe there was no reason to enroll or shop in the healthcare marketplace.  In addition, the Trump Administration has withdrawn about $5 million in advertising to cut costs. 

More than 11 million people had signed up this year through December 24th. 

Monday's Smart Talk focuses on open enrollment and questions about healthcare.

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Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller / Tia Whitaker - Statewide Director of Outreach & Enrollment, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers / Lynn Keltz - Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer's Association

Appearing on the program are Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller, Lynn Keltz, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer's Association and Tia Whitaker, Statewide Director of Outreach & Enrollment with the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers.


Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers - (866)944-CARE (2273)

Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer's Association - (855)274-5626

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