Sandy Praeger Explains Affordable Care Act

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-The stated aim of the Affordable Care Act is to improve the quality of health care and make it affordable.

Starting on October 1st, the sing-ups for the so-called marketplace for health insurance plans will open.

"The whole idea of insurance is the law of large numbers. The more people are insured, healthy and sick, the easier it is to keep the coverage affordable," says Praeger.

Praeger says Kansans with company insurance could see an increase in premiums because of the Affordable Care Act.

"Because the benefits have to be, in some cases, may be more comprehensive," says Praeger.

Praeger says that a major concern for Kansans is misinformation.

"Over 40, I think 41, 42, 43 or 44 percent, of Americans thought the law had been repealed, so there is still a lot of confusion," says Praeger.

Praeger says if you choose not to buy coverage next year, you will have a minimum of a $95 penalty fee or 1 percent income and up to a maximum of 2.5% of your annual income in ensuing years.

Praeger will be holding informational meetings throughout the state starting next week. She says if you are already covered by your employers' health insurance, then you don't need to look at exchanges.