For health care advocates, the Affordable Care Act means they can finally offer solutions to those who have previously been uninsured and “uninsurable.”
In a Point of View column for Saturday’s News & Observer, Adam Searing of the N.C. Justice Center describes the difference ACA can make in people’s lives. He writes about a recent phone call from a woman in need of advice about health insurance:
As I related the facts about the Affordable Care Act on the phone, I didn’t think much about it because I’ve been doing health policy and advocacy so long sometimes I even (regrettably) dream about health cost charts and lists of talking points. After the call though, reality hit me. When someone asks, I can now offer real solutions to the enormous mess our country’s health care system is for people with no insurance or with expensive and ineffective coverage.
Those who do not have health insurance can begin to enroll through the Affordable Care Act on October 1. The Council and many other organizations are providing resources to help inform people about the benefits ACA will provide for them as well as those already in place.
–Aleta Payne, Development and Communications