Letter to the Editor

Healthcare Q&A

John Dawson
Organizing for Action

In the hyperpolarized political landscape in which we live, the topic of healthcare has landed somewhere between tax loopholes and budget deficits in the public consciousness.
Yet unlike deficits or tax loopholes, healthcare has life changing immediate impacts on all of us.
Whether it is your physical or financial wellbeing, or the health of one’s parents or children, we cannot afford to let healthcare fall into the partisan divide.
Below you will find no nonsense answers to the vital questions regarding health reform.
• When do I need to enroll? March 31, 2014 is the last day of open enrollment.
• How do I apply for healthcare? You can enroll at healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
• Who can apply at healthcare.gov? You can apply at healthcare.gov if your employer does not offer a health insurance option, you are self-employed, or you are currently unemployed.
• If I go to healthcare.gov am I obligated to buy insurance? No, there is no obligation, you can simply go there and get a quote without having to buy.
• Isn’t healthcare.gov only for the poor? Not at all. The healthcare law provides subsidized premiums for households making up to 400% of the poverty level. For a family of four that’s an income of $94,200 a year.
Hopefully I have taken the issue of healthcare out of the murky realm of half-truths and myths which has surrounded the topic.
I encourage you to share this new information with whomever you think would benefit from it.
Our surrounding rural areas contain many farming families and small business owners who have been without access to healthcare for decades.
Get covered, the life you save may be your own.

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