FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) - Over half a month into the open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act and there are still plenty of questions over much of the legislation.
Volunteers from in Fairhope met at the city’s Faulkner campus to answer some of the community’s lingering questions.
One of the main points they wanted to make people aware of was the information available on www.HealthCare.gov. It’s one of the primary ways people can sign up for health insurance as well as the source for a lot of information on health care law.
Another important topic they went over was nine major Essential Health Benefits all Qualified Health Plans must cover:
1. Ambulatory patient services
3. Maternity & newborn care
4. Mental and substance abuse services
5. Prescription drugs
6. Rehabilitative services and devices
7. Laboratory services
8. Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management – all without out-of-pocket costs
9. Pediatric services, including oral and vision
Other questions that came up included the cost of premiums and if people need to buy new health care if they already have it. The Kaiser Family Foundation offers a “Premium Subsidy Calculator on their website for people to determine that cost. And for those who already have insurance or receive Medicare, no action needs to be taken.
For those who would like personal assistance, they can talk with the Franklin Primary Health Center (251-436-7655) for those in Baldwin County or Enroll Mobile (251-471-5277 ext. 6110) and Providence Hospital (251-633-1540) in Mobile County.
A government certified Navigator will also be available at the Fairhope Public Library on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm and Fridays at 9:30 am during October.
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Skies are mostly clear and the breezy north wind is very noticeable this evening. Daytime highs were only in the mid 50’s today. We are expecting a light freeze tonight along and north of I-10. Lows will be near 32 degrees in Mobile. Upper 20’s are possible well inland.