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Sebelius in Tampa for announcement on health care


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Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, will join Mayor Bob Buckhorn this morning in Tampa to launch an effort to improve enrollment under the new health insurance, the mayor’s office said.

Sebelius and Buckhorn will be at the Loretta Ingraham Recreation Center, 1611 N. Hubert Ave., for a “important announcement” on enrollment, according to a news release from the mayor’s office.

She also will tour an enrollment facility and talk with navigators, counselors hired to provide assistance for people signing up for health insurance.

Sebelius’ visit comes with enrollment under the Affordable Care Act still far below the federal government’s expectations. The low numbers stem mostly from problems with the enrollment website, healthcare.gov.

More than 2 million people have enrolled, but more young adults must sign up in the next three months to help offset costs from older enrollees and prevent insurers from raising their rates.

Sebelius’ apperance, which is open only to the media, comes a week after Florida’s Pam Bondi became the latest attorney general to write to President Barack Obama to try and set up and meeting with Sebelius. Bondi wants to discuss several issues with the law, including security questions on to how navigators are screened, trained and monitored.

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