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The following article was posted on July 16th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 19 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 19

Understanding the Affordable Care Act

BY REBECCA PATTERSON

Staying informed about national policies can be tricky, but understanding how those changes will affect your family is even more difficult. Starting Jan. 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act will be put into effect. The Affordable Care Act mandates individuals to either purchase health-care insurance, or be penalized. Insurance has never before been mandatory for simply living, so this is a big change in our country. With this upcoming change, many people have questions and concerns, but don’t know where to find answers.

Luckily, Get Covered Central Coast is reaching out to local residents and offering some answers. The group is offering a series of community meetings where leaders will educate citizens on the upcoming changes in health insurance.

Michael Framberger founded Get Covered Central Coast to help local people get free education on the changes to health care and the fees they can expect.

“If they cannot afford health care, there is financial assistance available to meet the deductibles and afford it,” Framberger said.

Framberger has worked in the health-care industry for more than 30 years and wants people to be informed on the upcoming modifications.

“With only a few months before open enrollment begins on Oct. 1, there is still a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about the mandate. Anyone interested in learning more about the new law and how it will impact them should attend these educational opportunities,” Framberger said in a press release.

Many local community groups have come together to help promote these forums. The first one was on July 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Marian Regional Medical Center conference room. Get Covered Central Coast is also hosting a Spanish forum on July 25 at the Veterans Memorial Community Center at 313 W. Tunnel St. in Santa Maria.

For more information, visit getcoveredcentralcoast.com.