In eight days it begins. The Affordable Care Act will change the way many of us receive and pay for our medical care.
One in five people living in Louisiana currently don't have health insurance. In six months all Americans must have insurance or pay a penalty
The Executive Director of the Martin Luther King Health Center, Janet Mentesane, tells NBC 6 News this is going to be a difficult process for a lot of people.
The clinic serves a large homeless population. Many of them don't have access to the internet and other tools needed to enroll.
Consumers can start researching which insurance option is best for them beginning on October 1st. Coverage will start in January, but estimates are that at least 30,000 people will remain uninsured in Northwest Louisiana after the deadline date.
Mentesane went on to say this is an uncertain time for non-profits. She expects a lot of phone calls from people who are unable to enroll or don't know how to complete the necessary steps.
The deadline to get insurance is March 31st. Starting in October, consumers will have a six month window to enroll.
Anyone with questions can call the MLK Health Center at 318-227-2912
For more enrollment information visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/
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