The Affordable Care Act. What is it? What are the implications that it could have on the state of Wisconsin? On Tuesday August 6th, Kevin Hayden, CEO of Group Health Cooperative, Kevin Kane, Health Care Organizer with Citizen Action, and Scott Rippe from GHC Marketing sat down with host Carousel Bayrd to break down the Affordable Health Care Act for listeners.
Anyone can go out and purchase health care; however, it is incredibly expensive. The Affordable Care Act will allow people to purchase health care via online exchanges where they can compare prices, look at medicate options in their area, and decide which plan is best for them. These exchanges will be set up by October 1, 2013 and will go into effect in January of 2014. The act will also allow people to purchase health care based upon their income. This would mean that if someone has a lower income, they will be able to obtain lower premiums. This will in turn allow everyone to purchase health care that is more affordable for them. However, there is confusion about how this system will work if not everyone pays their premiums. Who is paying for their health care? Will they continue to receive care? Bayrd and her guests discussed these questions and how the Affordable Care Act will deal with these various situations. They also analyzed several real-life situations to give listeners examples of how this law will affect people in Wisconsin.
All of the guests agreed that this act will definitely be a transition from what is now available, but it is a transition that needs to happen.