Locals React To President Obama's Insurance Announcement

By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email
By: Ka'Seana Blanton Email

"Well insurance is just confusing and time consuming and a pain and it's just not a fun thing to go through and search for something that meets our needs"

BOWLING GREEN,Ky--Critics are saying President Barack Obama has over promised and under delivered when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. Now he's trying to fix his broken word.

In the beginning when President Obama was trying to get congress to pass the health care law he made America a promise.

"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

Now people are finding that's not the case, receiving letters of cancellations from their insurance companies.

"We received a letter about our insurance coverage, stating that we could now keep our coverage for the upcoming year, but at the end of 2014 we will no longer be covered and we will have to search for a new plan", says Micha Griffin and individual insurance holder.

And their not too happy about it.

"Well insurance is just confusing and time consuming and a pain and it's just not a fun thing to go through and search for something that meets our needs", says Griffin.

The letter basically says that at their renewal in 2014 their plan will no longer be available, but yesterday President Obama announced that at the states discretion insurance companies can extend plans for a year.

"I completely get how upsetting this could be for a lot of Americans, particularly after the insurance's they heard from me that if they had a plan that they liked they could keep it", says Obama.

So for Kentucky at this point it's a waiting game to see what the department of insurance will decide.

"It's getting very late in the year, so the insurance companies now have to decide if they're going to do this, if the states are going to say no we've already done the cancellations. We got a notice from Anthem yesterday that basically just said we're reviewing everything and we will let you all know as soon as possible what we're going to do moving forward", said Chappel Schardein an Insurance Producer.

So for people who have received these letters the question is: What should they do now?

"The best thing they can do is contact an agent to try to help them maneuver onto a new plan if they are being canceled", says Schardein.

It also may be a good idea to take a minute explore the Kynect website to see if there is a plan that's best for you.

So far in the state of Kentucky more than 33,000 people have signed up for Medicaid and more than 7,000 have signed up for a Health Plan.


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