The Affordable Care Act, it's been debated, praised, and hated since approval and now the clock is ticking to join for 2014. The official deadline for government health care is next Monday, March 31st. With only a week to go many questions are surfacing. Puzzled, excited, frustrated, and confused all describe what hospital finance departments and insurance agents in Jackson County have been dealing with since October.
The site, healthcare.gov, opened this winter to glitches and confusion. Now insurance companies like Farm Bureau and affiliated insurance in Jackson County guide users through the process working one on one to determine eligibility, premium rates and sign up with providers. According to Jackson Hospital Financial Services Director, Sharon Dilmore, many people in Jackson County are hesitant to sign up and the best approach is to look into the coverage before making a decision.
The ACA looks to continue services and provide wellness programs to maintain health. By maintaining good health care, hospitals hope to keep ER visits down across the country.