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Health Care Confusion: Answers to Your Questions




SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — While the Affordable Healthcare Act continues to be a sticking point in Washington for Republicans and Democrats, it is the law of the land.

Also known as Obamacare, it contains more than 10,000 pages of rules and regulations – meaning a lot of people have a lot of questions.

As of October 1st,  the Affordable Healthcare Act care act went ‘live’ with enrollment and coverage now set to begin on January 1st.

Here at ABC40 – we hosted a panel of healthcare specialists to answer your concerns.

One thing they were quick to point out… here in Massachusetts  enrollment is a bit different because we already have state sponsored ‘Commonwealth Care’.

“Those on Mass health and Medicare, they don’t need to do anything at all. The state is going to automatically roll them over.  For people in Commonwealth Care, again the message is you have to re-enroll by December 15th or those plans will be going away and so in order to maintain coverage for January 1st it’s important to go to mahealthconnecter.org to sign up for a new plan,” said Eliza Lake of Hilltown Healthcare Center.

Another big concern for many is the price tag.

Many people called in to ask whether their health insurance costs will go up, down, or stay the same.

“Overall the studies are showing that your healthcare costs are at least going to stay the same if not go down. What the Affordable Care Act is doing is it’s increasing the subsidies that it provides to states so that people who earn more can still get tax credits,” said Ann Poole of Holyoke Health Center.

We would like to thank our panel of experts for joining us:

Ann Poole, Holyoke Health Center
Eliza Lake, Denise St. Pierre and John Bergerson, Hilltown Community Health Centers

HELPFUL LINKS: 

HealthCare.gov – The Government’s Health Care Marketplace
Massachusetts and the ACA
How do I get help applying for coverage?
Apply for Marketplace insurance in Massachusetts
How do I choose Marketplace Insurance?
What if I already have Employer-provided insurance?
How can I see prices and plan options?
What if I have a pre-existing condition
Full text of the Affordable Health Care Act


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