According to the Nashville Business Journal, Community Health Alliance (CHA), the official ObamaCare health insurance co-op in Tennessee, is luring in potential healthcare insurance consumers by offering them of a free Obama Phone.
Strange as it may sound, the CHA enrollment promotion offers health insurance in exchange for a smartphone.
If you qualify, CHA will give you a LG Lucid 2 4G smart phone (or as the car rental companies say, “or something similar”) when you sign up for ObamaCare. They’ll also include phone plan and tech support as benefits of the healthcare plan. And as they say in the infomercials, “But wait..there’s more” because you’ll also get unlimited talk and texting plus 1.2GB of data.
CHA justifies making a free smartphone part of healthcare by saying it will make it far easier for patients to stay connected with their medical care providers and will also help the organization stay in touch with its members.
“Members will have the phone number for their CHA representative pre-loaded in their phones and can quickly get answers to questions about their policies,” CHA Chief Operating Officer Judy Slagle noted. “At the same time, we will be able to connect with our members by phone, by email or by text almost instantly with health tips and reminders.”
We’re sure that cynics will scoff at this proposal, but it makes complete sense to us. Helping low-income Americans stay in touch with their medical care providers has always been one of the free government cell phone program’s stated goals.
We say bravo to the forward-thinking folks in Tennessee.
Source: National Business Journal