Study guide to the Affordable Care Act


POSTED: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 4, 2013 - 8:39pm

It has been a big week for  health care coverage in the U.S. as the new online marketplace officially opened for business under Obamacare. You may not yet have had time to study up on what you need to do but Sunlen Serfaty has this report on the what you need to know when you finally sit down this weekend to go over all the details.

There's been so much rhetoric about the president's health care plan, no wonder many of us still have a lot of questions. So here's a study guide, as you sit down to do your healthcare homework.

Question number 1: I've heard that if you don't have healthcare from any source that you get fined and I wanted to know what kind of fine you would get, how much it is?

For the answers, we went to health care expert Sara Rosenbaum, "In the beginning the penalty can't exceed 95 dollars. The fine does go up in later years and can be as much as 700 hundred dollars at a minimum."

Question 2: For those who have not had insurance, what's the process and how do they go about applying?

Sara Rosenbaum, "If it's a state exchange you can simply go through to your own state exchange. If you happen to live in one of the 34 states that is using the federal exchange, then you will be directed to the enrollment site."

If you can't get online, get outside. There are now assistance programs at community health centers where you can enroll in person.

Question 3: I don't make enough money to actually afford Obamacare, so what happens to me? I'm living paycheck to paycheck

Sara Rosenbaum, "Everybody who's eligible for insurance through this new system also can check to see if he or she qualifies, or the family qualifies for a subsidy."

A family of four making less than $94,000 and a single making less than $46,000, qualifies for a price break.

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