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Avera Health Plans enlists Santa Claus to help spread awareness about healthcare

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Santa's making a list, he's checking it twice, and he's seeing who's naughty or nice.

This Christmas season, he's also looking at health insurance for himself, Mrs. Claus and his elves.

Santa needs to be healthy for the holidays to make sure he can be in top shape to deliver presents to all good boys and girls, he figured he'd better get to a doctor.

But before he could that, he needed a healthcare plan.

Santa wasn't quite ready to come down our chimney's to deliver presents since he came down with the flu, and needed health insurance.

Avera Health Plans Communications Specialist Jackie Jockheck "we have Santa and Mrs. Claus helping us get that information out to the community. Mrs. Claus is now blogging, she's sharing stories of the importance of a health savings account, we have Frosty giving his tips because he had a great experience on the marketplace."

Avera Health Plans set up the web site, What'sSantasPlan.com, to make finding insurance for our families a little more jolly.

"A great resource to find information about health insurance, with the deadline of December 23rd coming up real soon, it's helping people understand what's available, what plan options are available and so they can get affordable healthcare insurance for 2014," Jockheck said.

So this holiday season, Santa is not only delivering presents around the globe, he's also spreading awareness on having a plan to stay healthy.

"Santa stepped it up this year. He started out in November with getting the flu, and he was able to go get care through his doctors because he had a great network with Avera Health Plans. And so he's back on his feet, he's out there getting ready for the presents. Mrs. Claus is now blogging and sharing her stories on how different plans can probably be beneficial to the different families in our community," Jockheck said.

If you miss the December 23, 2013 deadline for coverage starting on January 1, 2014, you can still sign up.  Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014, but those plans won't be active until May 1, 2014.


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