BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A lot of people are wondering what the new health care law means for them. Figuring out how much the Affordable Health Care Act will cost you is complicated. That’s why right now phone navigators are standing by, to lead you to the best insurance plan for you and your family.
On October 1st millions of Americans can start signing up for the president’s new health care law on new state exchanges. It will change the face of health care in this country. No one will be denied care because of previous conditions. Everyone is required to have health care.
The cost will vary from state to state, and city to city. How much you make and how old you are will also impact how much you pay. There are three levels, bronze, silver and gold.
The government says an average premium for the middle-of-the-road silver plan will be $328 a month. That’s before any tax credits, like subsidies for lower-income people, and Medicaid can reduce the cost as well.
Officials say many people will be able to find coverage for less than $100 a month. A health care phone navigator told News 4 the enrollment period will be six months from October 1st through March 21st, but coverage doesn’t kick in until January 2014.
If someone is not already covered by an employer or the government, and doesn’t sign up, they could face a penalty around $95, or one percent of someone’s household income.
All of this can be confusing, call the New York State number if you have any questions, 1-855-355-5777. You can also visit New York State’s premium estimator.
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