How to Apply for Obamacare in PA
WELLSBORO (WENY) -- Heath Care Exchanges open up Tuesday, as part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In Pennsylvania, people need to use the Federal Exchange. Governor Tom Corbett has been very clear that he does not support the plan and Tioga County Commissioner, Erick Coolidge agrees.
According to the Department of Health, there are people called navigators to help you figure out what plan works best for you. But Commissioner Coolidge hasn't heard a thing about their availability. He says people need to know more about the plans being offered.
"It's so involved and intricate, that we're missing some of it," says Commissioner Coolidge. "Someone's going to get hurt and we don't need that to happen, not in today's economy, not in today's healthcare issues. There needs to be the ability and confidence that there'll be coverage."
All the information is available online at http://www.healthcare.gov/ The website also includes tips like four steps to making sure you can get coverage in the market place.
Here's what you need to do:
- Create an account with some basic information
- Apply for coverage with details on income and household size
- You'll be able to see all the health insurance plans and programs you're eligible for
- Pick a plan and enroll
The Commissioner thinks there may be some issues with online registration.
"It's more about understanding once you get to the site," says Commissioner Coolidge "What is it actually saying? And furthermore, what did I get when I made a choice? What my do family and I truly need in the area of coverage?"
Prices won't be available until October 1st, but there is a calculator you can use to estimate costs. It's available at this link: https://www.healthcare.gov/blog/calculating-your-costs-and-savings-in-the-health-insurance-marketplace/
If you'd rather use the phone than the internet, You can call 1-800-318-2596. Representatives are available 24/7.