By Wayne Allen
October 6, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Andy Pierron, Director of Pharmacy Services and Workplace Wellness at Compass Community Health and a member of the Scioto County Health Coalition, has scheduled a series of informational sessions to help area residents navigate through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
“In order to try to prevent mass confusion about the ACA we’ve scheduled these sessions, once a month for the next six months,” Pierron said.
Pierron said each of the sessions are held at the SOMC Friends Center.
During the sessions participants will be guided through the basic format of the Affordable Care Act.
“We will go over what the pans are required to cover, approximations on how much it will cost families and approximations on what their tax penalty would be if they do not enroll,” Pierron said. “Currently, a wealth of information made available to the public provides an overview of the program and the general benefits ACA will offer, such as who will be eligible and how the different plans vary.”
Sign ups for the various plans within ACA began this month and will end in March 2014. Approximately one in seven Ohio residents and one in six Kentucky residents who are currently uninsured will be newly eligible for health benefits.
Options will be available with different premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and levels of coverage. However, variations will be limited by minimum standards required for insurance companies who participate. These standards do not allow insurance companies to turn down applicants based on preexisting conditions. The standards also require plans to offer outpatient care, emergency room services, hospitalization, maternity, new born and pediatric care, rehab, lab work, prescriptions, wellness, mental health and substance abuse services. These treatments will all be covered under each plan, no matter which option or level you choose, Pierron said.
The next session scheduled for Oct. 9 will start at 6:30 p.m. at the SOMC Friends Center.
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