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Good Question: Who can help me understand the new Health Care Reform law?

Its called the Affordable Care Act and it was signed into law last spring, but many Republicans want to see it repealed.

Good Question: Who can help me understand the new Health Care Reform law?

Last March President Obama signed a comprehensive health care reform that will roll out over the next four years.

It is a 2000 page law, that for some is quite daunting.

"Kentuckians were coming to us and saying we're confused," said Jodi Mitchell.

Mitchell is the Executive Director for Kentucky Voices for Health, a coalition working to make sure Kentuckians have access to affordable health care.

Tuesday January 11th Mitchell and others will help to explain the new health care law to folks here in Lexington.

" A lot of individuals just want to make sure they understand the insurance system. There are several components of the Health Reform Law that try to simplify the insurance market place and make it more consumer friendly," said Mitchell.

Mitchell says thousands of Kentuckians stand to benefit from the changes which include:

$250 Medicare drug cost rebate for seniors

Small business tax credits in order to help provide insurance to employees

Insurance is now available to those who have pre-existing conditions

Expands coverage to young adults

"Young adults are allowed now to stay on their parents plan till the age of 26, that is something that impacts approximately 16,000 Kentuckians," said Mitchell.

She says 920,000 Kentuckians will be helped by not being denied insurance because of a pre-existing condition and many seniors have already benefited.

"There is a wide number of constituents of seniors who have faced this donut hole coverage with their prescriptions, a lot of them received their checks as of July," said Mitchell.

You may still have many questions and that's okay, Kentucky Voices for Health want you to ask as many of them as you can.

Tuesday January 11th a Community Forum will be held at the Lyric Theater in Lexington.

The Forum is sponsored by the Black Church Coalition, Kentucky Voices for Health and the Lexington Fayette County Health Department.

The forum is from 5-7pm and is your chance to ask questions and get more information on the new Health care Law.


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