Affordable Care Act Soon A Reality for Average Citizen

By Steve Jackson

The regional head of the Federal Agency charged with implementing Obamacare says the plan is soon to be become a reality for the average citizen.
 
The Affordable care Act or Obamacare will be three years old later this month. The regional head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Susan Johnson, says she views the program much like an infant that is now becoming an adolescent.

She says early on the program focuses on the health crises, with many citizens denied insurance coverage for pre existing conditions, or simply unable to pay for it. Now she says we are close to seeing implementation of state health exchanges, where people will have the ability shop for affordable coverage.

Johnson: “I see the progression now as insurance fairness to now purchasing insurance fairness to now coverage or access fairness.”
 
Johnson says provisions in the law have already been a great benefit to many people:
 
Johnson: “Words in the law are now changing lives, people with colonoscopies and mammograms and finding cancer early. Whereas they could have died three years ago. And this focus on prevention and health is only going to increase as this implementation increases services that will bring the cost down.”

In October, the State of Washington’s Health Plan finder will begin operations, and at that time, people can use a website, as well as a call center to find a health plan that suits their budget and health needs.


Susan Johnson will be one of the panelists at our Health Forum on March 19th at 6:30 PM in the Spokane City Council Chambers.
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