Many of our NeedyMeds users have asked us to help them figure out what healthcare reform, or Obamacare, will mean for them and for their families or clients. This is understandable because the law is complex, with both state and federal governments playing a role in implementation.
Some of the more common questions include these:
- I am uninsured right now. The new law says I have to buy insurance. What happens if I can’t afford it? What will happen if I don’t buy it?
- Can I keep the health insurance I already get from my work?
- Can I get health insurance even if I already have health problems?
- I am a senior citizen. What will happen to my health coverage with the new law?
To help answer these and other questions, and provide clear guidance, we recommend reading Kaiser Health News’ “A Consumer’s Guide To The Health Law,” which provides a clear and concise overview of the ACA.
Some analysts argue that there could be modifications to reduce federal spending as part of a broader deficit deal; for now, this is just speculation. What is clear is that the law will have sweeping ramifications for consumers, state officials, employers and health care providers, including hospitals and doctors.
While some of the key features don’t kick in until 2014, the law has already altered the health care industry and established a number of consumer benefits. For example, the extension of coverage to adult children up to age 26, the elimination of lifetime spending caps and ability for people with pre-existing conditions to obtain coverage have help many Americans.
Kaiser Health News article primer on parts of the law already up and running, what’s to come and ways that provisions could still be altered. Now that President Barack Obama has won a second term, the Affordable Care Act is back on a fast track.
We still don’t know the full impact of this act and it may be implemented differently in different states. There’s no denying that, overall, it will result in more people having health insurance coverage.