One thing that most people agree on about the Affordable Care Act—it's pretty confusing.
So anyone who is unsure of the new law's impacts can attend an informational session at The Public Library downtown this weekend.
The session is free, and registration is not required.
Officials estimate that 50,000 residents in Hamilton County are uninsured.
What: Affordable Care Act informational session
Where: The Public Library, 1001 Broad St.
When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2-4 p.m.
How much: Free
The informational session is scheduled for 23 days before enrollment begins for care under the Affordable Care Act.
President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act will provide health care coverage to 30 million people.
Last summer, the Supreme Court ruled that the core of the health care reform act was constitutional.
Some of the act's requirements have already been implemented, and others will continue to be rolled out in coming years.
Under the act, marketplaces are being created, which will allow individuals and small business owners to shop for insurance coverage via Internet-based exchanges.
Enrollment for the exchanges starts Oct. 1, and coverage will be effective in January 2014.
People who don't already have insurance have to buy it through the exchange or pay a "shared responsibility payment" to the federal government, according to the Supreme Court ruling.
The subsidy varies by person, based on income and household size.
For the first year, the penalty for an individual who doesn’t sign up for insurance is $95 a year or 1 percent of a person's income, whichever is greater, and $47.50 for children, according to Nooga.com archives.
The upcoming discussion will consist of a panel presentation on access to physician care, the benefit to businesses, the health care exchanges and how to sign up.
The event is open to everyone, especially people between the ages of 27 and 64 who are looking for information on the act and how it will impact them, their family or business.
Panel presenters and speakers are Chris Young, M.D., current president of the Tennessee Medical Association and practicing anesthesiologist with Anesthesiology Consultants Exchange; Joseph Winick, Erlanger Health System senior vice president of planning and business development; and Katherlyn Geter, outreach and enrollment administrator, Southside and Dodson Avenue Community Health Centers.
Click here for a more in-depth article on the Affordable Care Act.
Click here for a business owner's guide to the new law.
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