Local foundation holds Affordable Care Act enrollment seminars across area

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 7, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 7:31 AM

 (KMOV) – Members of the Missouri Health Foundation attempted to help those confused in the enrollment process for the Affordable Care Act on Monday.

The foundation has been putting on seminars across the state to groups ranging from 25 to 2,000 people in attendance.

Even after a 90-minute presentation, it’s still hard for Thomas McAuliffe to leave the room, “on Friday afternoon I did one and I didn’t get out for an hour and a half and that was longer than the presentation,” he said.

People have questions, lots of questions from the simple to the complicated. Health care accounts for 25 percent of the American Economy and the plan is for a major overhaul.

For the past three years, Missouri Foundation for Health has put on about 250 seminars.

“I was hired by Missouri Foundation for Health eight years ago...I studied the healthcare system for five and a half years before this law was passed...had I not had five and a half years to study this I could not talk about the Affordable Care Act with any certainty,” McAuliffe said.

There’s been an evolution in the crowds that show up for these sessions. At first, they wanted to know more about the law. Now they want to know how to go about buying the insurance and navigating the system.

The advice, wait a month and let the system work out the bugs, get some experience. One woman said she called on October 2 and she got six people who didn't know what they were talking about and she got one really great person. “I'd say closer to November 1,  we're going to have 10 to 12 really great people,” McAuliffe said.

One study says most people get their information from family and friends or television. One expert said it’s too complicated to learn from television and your family and friends are getting information from TV as well.

Click here to find out when the next session will be. 

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