SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - There’s plenty of confusion concerning the Affordable Health Care Act.
C-E-O of the Community Health Care Association of the Dakota’s, Linda Ross, says the Act is not an entitlement program.
Ross says people are still unclear how it performs. She fields questions such as: is it a welfare program, is it free or do I have to pay for this? Ross says you have to pay for health insurance but you may get a tax break,or subsidy, depending on your circumstance. She says it's the law of the land whether people agree with it or not.
Ross says some individual insurance plans do not meet the standards of the Act. Other plans, purchased, before March of 2010, are grandfathered in. Individuals must be covered by January 1, 2014, or face a penalty.
Ross says there haven’t been many community meetings because the Association can’t help folks through the complete process yet.
She says there will be more meetings once the system is operating so people can be helped one time by computer.
People can enroll in the Marketplace by paper at the Falls Community Health Center in downtown Sioux Falls.