You want to get a jump on how the Affordable Care Act could affect you as an optician, as a citizen? Read the following from The White House Blog (yes, that white house on Pennsylvania Ave.): “And every health insurance plan in the Marketplace will cover a standard set of essential health benefits that includes, among other benefits, hospital stays, prescription drug coverage, preventive services, oral and vision care for kids. Open enrollment begins October 1, 2013. Get ready now for the Marketplace by signing up for e-mails and text messages for updates and information at <https://signup.healthcare.gov/>. In June, the site will be unveiling the new Marketplace. You’ll be able to learn everything you need to know about the Marketplace, including how it works, the benefits of health insurance, how to choose a plan based on your needs and lifestyle, and more. Then in the fall, you can use this site to enroll in a plan from home, or from any place you can access the Web.” Read more.