Information on Affordable Care Act
AMERY – On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare.” The law puts in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that roll out over a period of four years. Open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace begins Oct. 1, meaning that individuals and small businesses can buy affordable and qualified health benefit plans in a new transparent and competitive insurance marketplace.
Middle and low-income families will get tax credits that cover a significant portion of the cost of coverage. And the Medicaid program will be expanded to cover more low-income Americans. All together, these reforms mean that millions of people who were previously uninsured will gain coverage.
Governor Walker has thus far refused to accept money to expand Medicaid (known as BadgerCare) and has resisted setting up a statewide insurance exchange, so Wisconsin will be part of a federal exchange (the “marketplace”) that was neither contemplated nor funded in the law.
Most Wisconsinites – providers, consumers and advocates alike – are confused about what is required of them under the ACA. For this reason the Democratic Party of Polk County has announced a public informational meeting set for Thursday evening, September 19, at 7 p.m. in Conference Room ABC of the Amery Regional Medical Center. Presenter Mike Rust of rural Amery has been working for years to provide health care options for Polk County residents through ABC for Rural Health and HealthWatch. He is well versed on the ACA and eager to share his knowledge with others.
This free event is open to the public. For more information call 715-557-1127.