Meeting designed to explain Affordable Care Act

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 06:14 PM.

Those who have health coverage through their employer also won’t be required to enroll in the program.

However, for those who currently don’t have health coverage through their employer or have individual policies that they started after March 23, 2010, they will be required to get health insurance or face a financial penalty. Individuals can go online through government websites or check with their local insurance provider.

Subsidies from the government are available for low-income residents who can’t afford the costs.

“They can get insurance at a very reduced rate,” Wheeler said.

Wheeler said the purpose of the meeting Monday night was to make sure residents understood the rules and the procedures for getting insurance.

“Our goal is to say to people you have it, check it out and see if you qualify,” she said. “It’s just that simple.”

Wheeler cited an example in her own life in which she had to pay about $10,000 out of pocket for a $35,000 surgical procedure that would have cost about $3,300 under the new insurance rules.

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