Questions & Doubt Surround the Affordable Care Act

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

"What good is medical insurance if it doesn't taste, it doesn't digest, and when you get done paying it you're still hungry."

The final phase of the Affordable Care Act begins October 1st, that's when uninsured Kentuckians can start shopping for affordable health plans, but some in Bowling Green say there are too many unanswered questions and doubts to know if it will truly benefit the uninsured.

Lawrence Whitis is using services at Hotel Inc to build a resume he says he is currently unemployed, homeless, and one of 640,000 uninsured Kentuckians, which often makes it difficult to take care of his health.

"Anything that requires X-Rays are things that are very pricey, and due to my situation in life, I don't have that kind of money," says Whitis.

As he continues to get older Whitis says health insurance would be beneficial but he isn't completely sold on the Affordable Health Care Act.

"It depends on what they are really calling affordable."

Executive Director of Hotel Inc, Rhondell Miller, says the reason many may be skeptical is because of the complexity of the bill.

"We're still trying to learn and gather information and work with some community partners that offer the medicaid expansion that the state has agreed, and try to learn how that's going to benefit our clients," says Miller.

With many clients often forced to chose between food and a doctors visit many don't want to be forced to chose insurance.

"I've seen some data that says for some people could be as low as 26 dollars a month but I've also seen that $26 a month could mean that your deductible is $10,000," says Miller.

"What good is medical insurance if it doesn't taste, it doesn't digest, and when you get done paying it you're still hungry," says Whitis.

Miller says until they move forward they will just have to wait until next week to understand what is available through the new plan.

In a letter to the New York Times Governor Steve Be shear says some 308,000 of uninsured Kentuckians will be covered with the new Medicaid expansion with 9,000 of them being right here in Warren County.

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