ObamaCare begins today, October 1, 2013. Today, the ObamaCare healthexchanges open for qualifying individuals to buy insurance. There has been a lot written about ObamaCare, but here are some things you should know for your practice:
“About 25 million Americans are expected to gain coverage under the health law, commonly known as Obamacare. Starting Oct. 1, as many as 7 million uninsured Americans will begin shopping for private plans through government-run exchanges, with many people eligible to have their premiums subsidized by taxpayers. On Jan. 1, Medicaid programs for low-income people will be expanded in about half the U.S. states.”
Most patients are confused about ObamaCare. They will be asking their healthcare provider’s guidance on how this law effects them. Although healthcare providers don’t normally assist patients with how to buy health insurance, providing basic information may help you get paid.
So here are the facts you must know:
- ObamaCare, Health Reform, Accountable Care Act all refer to the same thing.
- ObamaCare does not replace Employer Provided Private Insurance, Medicare or Medicaid
- Open Enrollment is October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
- If a patient does not already have insurance through their employer, they can go to a health exchange to get healthcare insurance.
- Each state has different health exchanges.
- Different health plans are available in different regions.
- For patient resources, refer them to: ObamaCare or call 1-800-318-2596.
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