RESOURCES FOR NEW HEALTHCARE LAWSep 20th, 2013 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness
Factual Answers for Legitimate Questions
SCJ has received several inquiries about where to go to learn about the new healthcare law, known on the streets as Obamacare, and more accurately the Affordable Care Act (ACA). There are certainly enough distortions and outright lies out there that contribute to confusion and mistrust on the part of citizens who fall prey to manipulation. A little light on reality and focus on facts is always helpful.
In our attempt to continue to follow the original pledge SCJ made to speak the truth and document it, we compiled a list of resources on the Internet that readers might find helpful. Be sure to share this post with your friends and family who might have the same questions you have.
- Healthcare.gov is the official site of the federal government regarding the Affordable Care Act. On this site, individuals and businesses can find information about how the new law (yes, it IS a law) affects them.
- The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created an Internet portal where individuals and business owners can go to get answers to their questions and be pointed to places where they can go in their own locale to enroll.
- AARP has a Healthcare Q&A interaction page that helps individuals and families answer their questions and point them to resources that help them get enrolled;
- GetCoveredAmerica.org is a volunteer organization that provides information and education about the ACA. Included in their resources is information about where (locally) individuals can go to find Navigators who will help them enroll in the plan that best suits them/him/her. There is absolutely no cost to individuals for Get Covered America services.
- This site (msec.org) provides information about health care reform and how it impacts employers.
- The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers information about the healthcare law and how it is helpful to small businesses. This is another good resource for business owners to learn about how their company can profit from healthcare reform.
- The American Library Association (ALA) also compiled a list of resources for individuals and families to learn more about the new law and its benefits.
This list falls far short of exhaustive. It is only intended to give you a beginning on the road to learning about the many benefits and advantages of Obamacare. These links all go to organizations that provide information and assistance at no cost. There are many more that have profit involved, but also provide good and valuable resources. For additional assistance, SCJ suggests using your favorite search engine with these keywords: resources for help with affordable care act.
Enrollment for the ACA begins October 1, 2013, and ends March 31, 2014. All individuals, families and businesses will have six months to educate themselves with facts, find information that is helpful and get enrolled in the plan that best suits their/her/his needs.