The Affordable Care Act: What You Need To Know
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After two years of debate and challenges in the courts, many of the Affordable Care Act's policies are scheduled to take effect Tuesday.
While the legislation remains the subject of a lot of controversy on Capitol Hill, major parts of the Affordable Care Act are expected to kick in October 1st. Tuesday is the official start date for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace to open, when cost and information about the different insurance plans will be officially available.
Insurance Agent Chip Williams works with Florida Blue, currently the only company offering insurance on Florida's exchange for many North Central Florida counties. Florida is one state that has opted out of hosting a state exchange, becoming instead part of the federal exchange program, but individual coverage options will vary by county of residence. Williams says the new federal healthcare plans could impact anyone.
"Initially it will be those people who are uninsured, but also those people that have insurance through private policies that have bought it individually, even people who have brought it through group plans because it can help people across the board," Williams says.
Many Floridians have criticized Governor Rick Scott's handling of the legislation and the choice to block health care "Navigators" from county health departments, adding to much of the confusion surrounding the law.
For more information about the new health care legislation and plan options visit: healthcare.gov
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