Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare — all U.S. citizens currently without health insurance will be able to enroll in new insurance plans starting October 1, 2013. Coverage under the new plans will kick in on January 1, 2014.
Many people are still unclear as to what the ACA will mean for them, their families, and/or their businesses. However, Minnesota residents are in luck. A website called MNsure will provide Minnesotans with answers to all their health care law questions. In the near future, it will also serve as a one-stop shop where residents can search and compare insurance plans using the site’s online calculator, access tax credits or assistance to help pay for coverage, receive assistance through the MNsure hotline, and locate places to sign up for coverage within their community.
Does everyone have to buy health insurance? Yes. Starting January 1, 2014, all U.S. citizens and legal residents must have health insurance, though there are a few exceptions. Read more on the MNsure website.
Regardless of what changes the ACA will mean for you, one thing remains the same: Planned Parenthood is here to provide expert, affordable reproductive health care — no matter what. That’s not changing. Planned Parenthood accepts insurance and has payment options to meet everyone’s needs, as well as offers evening and weekend appointments and an online health center. Visit our website or call 1-800-PLAN to learn more.
By Lauren, Web Correspondent, Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD