GUESTS: Michael Bare, Research and Program Coordinator, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute; Sara Finger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health
On this program you will learn the latest details on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and how to prepare for the Wisconsin Marketplace/Exchange that goes into effect January 1, 2014. Enrollment in any of the Marketplace’s private health insurance plans begins October 1st. Although not required to offer health insurance to their employees, small businesses (those under 50 employees) will also have the opportunity to enroll in SHOP – the Small Business Health Insurance Option Program.
Four key facts to know about the Affordable Care Act:
(1) All insurance plans will have to cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care, and prescriptions.
(2) You might be able to get financial help to pay for a health insurance plan.
(3) If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance plans cannot deny you coverage.
(4) All insurance plans will have to show the costs and what is covered in simple language with no fine print.
Go to www.healthcare.gov for a complete overview of the Affordable Care Act, to have your questions answered, and to set up an online account.