"Marketplace healthcare is part of the Affordable Care Act," said
At this time, penalties still exist for those who do not have health insurance. Those who have it through work or other coverage are in compliance; those who do not must obtain coverage through the
This is the fourth "open enrollment period" for the marketplace; enrollment actually began on
According to Johnson and his staff, insurance premiums may have increased for some consumers.
"However, most will not see a higher cost due to the increase in the subsidies available to help individuals afford the cost of their coverage. If purchasing coverage through the Marketplace, consumers could be eligible for tax credits or subsidies to help offset the cost," Johnson wrote in a letter to the thousands of patients at River Hills.
In order for a person to have new coverage starting
It can get a little complicated, he acknowledged, especially for those who have never had health insurance.
There are two companies to choose from in
"This is the first year they've [restricted] which county gets which insurance," Johnson said.
"They may be unfamiliar with the [concept of] deductibles, or co-pays or even that you have to continue to pay your monthly premium," Johnson said.
In-person assistance about how to sign up, and whether you need to, is available free at
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