Meeting designed to explain Affordable Care Act

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N.C. Rep. George Graham, D-Lenoir, speaks at a meeting designed to help residents understand the Affordable Care Act on Monday night at the Harlowe Community Center.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 18:14 PM.

More than 100 people packed the Harlowe Community Center on Monday night to get information about the Affordable Care Act.

Registration for the health insurance plans opens on Tuesday, and the meeting focused on informing residents about registration requirements.

Sandi Wheeler, of Enroll America, gave a presentation on enrollment, saying 78 percent of people across the country don’t understand the health insurance requirement. She said current issues in Washington in which the House is attempting to defund the program, also known as Obamacare, through a spending bill is only complicating matters for the public.

“That’s a politicalization,” Wheeler said. “It is the law.”

And that law requires just about everyone who files an income tax return to have health insurance.

“Any plan this large will have its controversies and take time to get the wrinkles out,” Wheeler said. “People have to hear the truth and not the lies. There’s some misinformation that people need to clarify for themselves.”

For those on Medicare or Medicaid, and those who receive veterans benefits or otherwise are on government insurance through the military or other government jobs, will not have to be part of the program.



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