by Don Ingwerson
We’re coming down to the home stretch in terms of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and many questions are still being asked. The Federal Office hosted an online Town Hall Meeting titled “The Affordable Care Act and You” on September 24th and for anyone who wants to review it or missed it the first time, there is a replay available. I also wanted to give you some new information and helpful links on the state insurance marketplaces that opened up October 1:
“The Affordable Care Act and You”: the replay
- learn about how you can prepare for Jan. 1 and what options currently exist for Christian Scientists
- find the answers to your questions
- hear inspiring remarks from Margaret Rogers of the Christian Science Board of Directors.
Over 2300 computers, tablets, and phones tuned in during the live event, from Alaska and Hawaii to Montana to Maine and everywhere in between—and in many cases, branch church congregations and other groups were listening together. Here’s what a few of these listeners wrote us after the event:
- “Thanks so much for this informative session….Thank you also for ending the meeting with the wonderful treatment from Margaret Rogers.”
- “This was such an interesting program. I have not followed any of this before and so it is a wake up call for me to pay attention and get educated to make choices for myself.”
- “I am so glad I took the time to listen. This was so helpful in answering questions about the ACA and it’s good to know so much is being done toward practical solutions for Christian Scientists.”
Check out the replay!
ACA update: state insurance marketplaces open October 1, 2013
The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain qualifying medical health insurance starting Jan. 1, 2014, and also provides for online state health insurance exchanges (marketplaces). Here, individuals can compare and enroll in insurance plans (and find out whether they are eligible for federal subsidies to purchase insurance).
For individuals who would like to purchase an insurance plan in the online marketplace, Oct. 1 marks the first day of open enrollment, which will continue until March 31, 2014.
Note that the government shutdown does not affect the functioning of the exchanges.
For more information about your state’s exchange, visit www.healthcare.gov. The marketplace also has a 24/7 customer call center (800-318-2596) to answer questions, as well as a website with information.