What you need to know about Health Care enrollments

TOPEKA (KSNT) – As the Federal Health Care enrollment deadline gets closer, the Shawnee County Health Agency is providing ways to make the process easier for anyone to enroll.

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, Paige Ashley admits, it’s pretty complex.

“It’s actually a very complicated law and no one understands what’s going on with it,” says Ashley, who works for the Shawnee County Health Agency.

But the Shawnee County Health Agency has experts, called navigators, on staff to help you understand.

The first thing to know, if your work offers health care, navigators say to take it…unless it costs more than 9.5 percent of your income. One of the agency’s most frequently asked questions- ‘Should I switch my plan from last year?’

“And the answer is that, it’s always in their benefit to come back in and check things out and see if we can get them a lower price,” says Health Agency worker, Kinney Yates.

And often, they can, even if initially told otherwise.

“People come in and say, ‘I got a letter in the mail that says the price was going to go up.’ But a lot of times we’re looking online and they’re able to get lower prices than they originally thought,” says Kinney.

There are also cheaper plans available than last year. And if you were thinking about not enrolling…

“When we go through our first tax season and people do get penalized for not having health insurance, they’ll go ‘Oh my gosh, I should have gotten health insurance,’ and the marketplace closes February 15th. Then if they don’t have health insurance for 2015, they’re going to get penalized again,” says Ashley.

But all that can be avoided – by making an appointment – or a call to the Health Agency. If you missed the phone-a-thon Wednesday night, but you still have questions, the Shawnee County Health Agency will be at the Topeka Public Library all day on Monday and you can ask them questions there.

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