“Navigating ObamaCare: Learn How the Affordable Care Act Will Affect You and Your Neighbors” is the subject of Interfaith Action of Evanston’s annual Fall Gathering to be held Monday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave.

This gathering is free and open to the public. The Affordable Care Act allows for new provisions for healthcare in Illinois, and allows for states to create a Health Insurance Marketplace. Beginning Oct. 1, Illinois residents can buy insurance through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, an online shopping site to compare and review a wide range of health insurance plans.

Giovanni Gomez, regional coordinator of outreach and consumer education for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace, will explain the Affordable Care Act, who qualifies for the financial subsidies, and how you can purchase quality insurance plans from the Marketplace.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Affordable Care Act ?

    It appears that the "Affordable Care Act" will not be so affordable in Illinois. The numbers that are trickling out are not looking good for those in their 20's and 30's. If you are part of your parents plan, great, but other than that you will see your rates rising 50 to 110 percent when compared to the rates prior to obamacare. Many people in this age range will probably be better off not getting health insurance and just paying the penalty when the IRS comes looking for you. According to the law you can apply when you really need it.

  2. Phony comparison

    "The numbers that are trickling out are not looking good for those in their 20's and 30's. If you are part of your parents plan, great, but other than that you will see your rates rising 50 to 110 percent when compared to the rates prior to obamacare."

    It sounds like you are comparing the rates for individuals under Obamacare to group members before Obama.    Totally irrelevant.

    Before Obamacare, it was almost impossible for individuals – even healthy young people – to buy health individual plans.   Physical exams and detailed histories were necessary to screen out 'pre-existing conditions'…and if you failed to mention that you had chicken pox when you were 5 years old, they could use that as an excuse to rescind your policy after you get cancer.

    And you mentioned "if you are part of your parents plan"….Obama made it possible for parents to keep kids on their plans until age 26.    

    The right-wing nut jobs are really afraid….that Obamacare will succeed!  That is why they are going out of their way to sabotage it. They know that if it works…like Social Security and Medicare…it will be hard to kill.

    1. Deeply skeptical

      While I was against the ACA and am not a big fan of the president, I do sincerely hope that it lowers the cost of healthcare for EVERYONE. Not just the poor. However, in the short term it has done nothing but raise the cost for my family. And I'm not happy about it. So, color me deeply skeptical.

  3. The right thing to do

    Dear One Smart Guy,

    The Affordable Care Act was designed so that almost anyone would be able to have health care benefits. The important word here is almost anyone as in "we the people."  The US signed the Universal  Declaration of Human Rights in 1947 which defines "medical care as a human right." The US plays a global role in promoting human rights.

    Is in not time for the US to implement a policy that will provide medical care benefits for the vast majority of its citizens? The country has agreed that health care is a human right, not just for the wealthy and middle class, but for all the people. Makes sense to me. and it's the right thing to do.

     

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