This is part one in a two-part series concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. See the October 18 Boca Beacon for part two.
BY JACK SHORT - The Boca Grande Caregivers Group presented their monthly discussion Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center. This month’s topic was an overview of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, appropriately held on the day the act went into effect and on which the insurance exchange in Florida went live.
“There has been a lot of confusion,” said Grace Ott, a volunteer with the Caregiver’s group who spoke. “To say the least.”
Carolyn Pope led the discussion. She owns Pope insurance and has worked in the industry for 30 years. The aim of the meeting was to explain some of the questions surrounding what she called a complex, sweeping piece of legislation.
“This is the largest public subsidy since Medicare and social security came along,” said Pope.
The intent of the law, she said, was to give people access to healthcare without restrictions based on preexisting conditions, something group insurance has done for many years.
Individuals, however, could be subject to different premiums or denied coverage altogether because of previous or current medical conditions.
The act essentially has two parts, Pope said: the individual mandate, and the employer mandate. View More images >>
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