Hundreds gather to learn about Affordable Care Act

Hundreds gather to learn about Affordable Care Act

Many Americans still say they are confused and have unanswered questions when it comes to the federally mandated Affordable Care Act.
 Many Americans still say they are confused and have unanswered questions when it comes to the federally mandated Affordable Care Act. also known as Obama-Care.

Hundreds showed up to a town hall meeting that featured a panel of political, legal and health leaders to clear up some of that confusion.  It was all about education as local leaders were able to share their views and concerns about the Act.

More than just hearing the panels views, people in attendance were able to voice their problems and have their questions answered.

One by one, they filled the Allen County Library Auditorium with one big question in mind...Where does Indiana stand with the Affordable Health Care Act.

There are still a lot of questions that folks are asking though.  Democratic Representative Phil Giaquinta served as on of the panelists that answered questions from the public.

This act is for those that don't have insurance, can't get insurance so what do they do?

The Affordable Care Act or Obama-Care is designed to expand health benefits to more people.  Already in effect, people can stay on their parents health coverage until 26.  Republican Representative Matthew Lehman says Indiana will not impact the Act on a large scale.

"The unique thing I would say is that Indiana plays a very small part in the implementation of the ACA."

Beginning in 2014, employees with 50 or more full-time employees must offer health coverage.  Full time is defined as 30 hours or more. With that in mind, many business owners are reducing the hours of their employees to prevent having to provide them with benefits.

Senator Joe Donnelly just go behind a bill that redefines full time as 40 hours not 30.  Employee benefit lawyer Doug Powers is behind Donnelly's proposal.

"I do think it makes sense to think of full time as closer to 40 hours per week."

Approaching quickly is the October 1st deadline, where employers must provide notice of health insurance coverage options to their employees and open enrollment begins for health insurance exchanges.

"There's a lot of talking points out there and misconceptions, I would just advise everyone to do their homework."

As the legislative session begins in January , this federal healthcare mandate will be at the top of the list for lawmakers.  Republicans are fighting to repeal Obama Care.

Those in attendance say they walked away with ta firm understanding.


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