Publisher’s Note: Affordable Care Act update

As 2013 comes to a close, we can expect major changes to our nation’s healthcare system next year under The Affordable Care Act (ACA). But amidst the inevitable confusion, many still are unable to make concrete decisions regarding their healthcare.

With President Barack Obama admitting the law needs changes, we’re left to play the waiting game as the politicians decide exactly what will change. And what we’ll be required for us to do in 2014.

Here’s what we do know. President Obama is facing a lot of political backlash for not delivering on certain promises associated with the ACA. After pledging to the American public that any person with insurance policies could keep their current plan, many of those people received letters from their insurers saying they couldn’t provide coverage that meets the new standard. Needless to say, these citizens weren’t happy. And the president wasn’t happy. So he is requiring insurers to extend those current plans.

In the first month the government marketplace went live, more than 500,000 have made progress in getting healthcare. Some 106,000 successfully signed up for coverage; another 396,000 now can receive help through Medicaid under Obamacare. There have been serious problems at the website,, which has made it difficult or even impossible to get coverage.

It is prudent to become educated about your options as the clock ticks closer and closer to the new mandated insurance requirement under The Affordable Care Act. Those experiencing problems at the government website can call a toll free number: (800) 318-2596. Florida does offer quite a few plans, in some counties more than 100 options. So it’s wise to take a bit of time and explore your options – and stay tuned.

We at Central Florida Health News Magazine remain committed to keeping you informed. We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season.

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