LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Democratic Congressman Ron Kind held an information session on the impending changes to healthcare laws.
A major part of the Affordable Care Act kicks in October 1. That's when the online insurance marketplace opens and individuals without coverage can shop for a plan.
It was a full house at the lecture hall on the UW-L campus for the session. The congressman, joined by a representative from the Health and Human Services Department and the La Crosse County Health Department, walked through what people need to know ahead of choosing an insurance plan.
Details about the costs of available plans won't be known until October 1, but Rep. Kind says people need to know what kind of payment options are out there. Different level plans will have a higher premiums, meaning more in a monthly payment but less out of pocket expenses for services.
"Already there are 15 plans, insurance plans, that will participate in the exchange, which is good because we want that competition in the marketplace and the ability of people and small businesses and family farmers to go in there and choose among those competing healthcare plans and then determine what type of premium tax credit that family is eligible for to make it more affordable," Rep. Kind said.
Rep. Kind took questions after the presentation. While some took that opportunity to criticize the Affordable Care Act as a whole, others asked questions about how they can make sure they're covered.
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