Central Texans who work with folks lacking health insurance are scrambling to get ready for a potential influx of clients needing help when a new world of coverage arrives Oct. 1. Whether all will be ready that day is anything but certain.
The race to the starting gate comes amid widespread confusion about the coverage, too little money to mount an extensive public education campaign and GOP efforts to thwart this key piece of the 2010 federal health law known as “Obamacare.” For Texans like Diana Kern and others who want help in securing health coverage, Oct. 1 can’t come soon enough.
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Calculate the impact
To use a calculator (courtesy of the Kaiser Family Foundation) that illustrates health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance through the new health care marketplace, see statesman.com/healthcare.
HEALTH CARE IN-DEPTH
This is one in a series of articles on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Central Texas. See more Statesman coverage of the coming health care changes online at statesman.com/healthcare.
Find more help
Health insurance marketplace contacts:
National toll-free number, 800-318-2596
In Central Texas, call United Way at 211
For online enrollment, go to www.healthcare.gov
For in-person enrollment locations starting Oct. 1:
• CommUnityCare, 512-978-9015
• Lone Star Circle of Care, 877-800-5722
• Foundation Communities, 211
• Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, 512-255-1720
Mary Ann Roser has provided in-depth coverage of Central Texas health and medical issues since 2000. Her training includes national fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Library of Medicine.