Obamacare Health Exchanges Open For Enrollment Next Week
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Aired 9/24/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Jennette Shay, Director, Government & Community Relations at Family Health Centers of San Diego
It's been a long wait for both supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act. But the main provisions of Obamacare are about to be rolled out to the public.
A week from today Americans can begin enrolling. The new health insurance exchange in California is called Covered California.
Despite the long buildup and a media campaign, most people are still unfamiliar with this new health insurance setup.
"They've heard about Obamacare, they know the big picture, there's something coming but when you get to the specifics about what it means for them they're very confused," said Jennette Shay, Government and Community Relations at Family Health Centers of San Diego.
Shay says Family Health Centers of San Diego has a team of workers reaching out to people in the community every day. She says the most frequently asked questions have to do with cost and coverage.
KPBS has been running a series called Second Opinion to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and now there's a new Second Opinion APP available.
The enrollment period runs through March 31, 2014. Health care coverage begins January 1, 2014.
Family Health Centers of San Diego has also set up a call center to help people with enrollment. You can reach them at 619-515-2363.