Affordable Care Act enrollment begins Tuesday

by Bradley Hartsell

On Tuesday, enrollment for the Affordable Care Act goes into effect, as part of the comprehensive health reform signed into law by President Obama in 2010.

Beginning on the first of each month, U.S. citizens are encouraged to visit the website, www. healthcare.gov. The site offers an exchange service intended to recommend health coverage that best suited to each individual's need. The exchange service will focus primarily on citizens currently uninsured, offering coverage providers such as BlueCross BlueShield, Humana, Alliance, Kaiser and Peach State.

Once on the site, the viewer will be prompted for specific information, then directed to an application which should be completed and submitted online. A representative for Health & Human Services reports that the time needed to complete the application varies by individual.

The health care coverage plans identified on the exchange will be structured into tiers to aid in identifying the coverage needs of each individual consumer bronze, silver, gold and platinum tiers are offered.

After completing the application and choosing a health care coverage structure best suited, citizens can expect the earliest that coverage will become effective is Jan. 1. The enrollment period continues through March 1, 2014, and will not be reopened until October 1 of 2014.



More Local

Biggest action in U.S. history

Fiat Chrysler settlement with gov't could prove costly

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler could be required to lay out hundreds of millions of dollars to get potentially defective Ram pickups and ... Read More


Westmoreland discusses his disapproval of TPA

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland met with the Atlanta Women in International Trade Monday to discuss the recently passed Trade Promotion Author ... Read More


Back-to-School Bash Saturday at Lynch Park

A back to school bash will be held Saturday at Lynch Park, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. School supplies for students from kindergarten to 12th gra ... Read More


Toast and Taps

Final event held in Civil War remembrance

The Civil War is over – again. For the past four years, Coweta County volunteers have put together a series of programs commemorating ... Read More


Motorists drive under power line work on Temple

Motorists on Temple Avenue Wednesday afternoon saw an unusual sight – four bucket trucks lifting utility workers high over the roadway ... Read More

18-year-old charged with battery

‘Bad LSD trip’ blamed for attack on friend

After spending a few days in the hospital, a man suspected of beating up his friend while under the influence of psychedelic drugs was arres ... Read More