Information: Where do we get it? Newspapers, talk radio, television, on- line? All of these are viable outlets to get your information. In the case of health care information, any and all of these, as well as the town crier, will be talking about the upcoming open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The problem is that the information we are hearing, in the news, on talk radio, in the newspaper, is in bits and bobs and fits and starts. What we learn today may be wrong or only half right tomorrow.
I recently watched a television show by Jean Enersen on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on King 5. It was a pretty good starting point for information and they presented it in a very clear and concise manner (http://www.king5.com/health/HealthLink-Special-Report-What-you-need-to-know-about-Health-Care-Reform).
A recent poll by the Peninsula Daily News, which was unscientific in that it was a response poll and not a controlled poll, showed that over 70% of the people responding had little or no idea of what the Affordable Care Act is, and how it will affect them. 6% said they knew everything about the (ACA). Really, nobody knows everything about it, even the people that wrote it! The scary part about the 70% number is that a very large portion of these people will qualify for some variety of subsidies to help with the premiums. Whether it is part of the expansion of Medicaid or the fact that they make less than 400% of the poverty level ($92,000 for a family of 4), many folks will be eligible for some degree of premium support.
To this end, Castell Insurance will be hosting a number of seminars to explain the process of enrollment, what benefits people are entitled to receive and general questions about health insurance. If you are interested please contact us at Castell insurance (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the seminar schedule in September. We will be speaking at churches and other non-profits around the city during September. These are strictly informational meetings, open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act starts on October 1st.
The ACA is the law of the land and we need to work to get as many people enrolled in the system as possible. This means we need to get the key information to as many people as possible. Please, do not wait! Call us today to enroll in one of our seminars or research the information from whatever source you use, but get educated about what is going to happen.