There are nearly 350,000 Kansans without some form of health care insurance, roughly 13% of the states population. Beginning October 1st, the Affordable Care Act plans to change all of that.
Topekans packed the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library to hear more about the Affordable Care Act which, beginning October 1st, mandates most Americans have basic health care insurance coverage. The ACA also guarantees protection. Kansas Insurance Commissioner Nancy Praeger said, "One of the most popular is that nobody can be turned down because of a pre-existing condition. Also, middle class families will receive some significant tax credits. Despite the big changes, some attendees were delighted to learn they would be affected very little.
Ray Berry said, "We are on medicare and we found out that when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. It's still the same. You have to check your premiums to make sure you have what you think you need but it changes very little for us."
Open enrollment lasts from October 1st until March 31st to sign up without having to pay a tax penalty. The process is done through an online market place with four levels of coverage to choose from.
While the meeting simplified health care reform, there are still plenty out there who are not as optimistic. Susan Bullock said, "I don't know how i feel about it now. We went through some of the calculations and the people I'm most worried about, the working poor, they are going to struggle but i hope it's better than i anticipate.
You can find out more information on the Affordable Care Act by going to www.insureks.org.