Here to Help You Figure It Out: Healthcare Law in the Coming Year

LBBC Viewpoints
January 19, 2017
By: 
Jean A. Sachs, MSS, MLSP, Living Beyond Breast Cancer CEO

The election of Donald Trump as president in November reignited the debate about the state of American health care. From the importance of health insurance to the cost of prescription medicines, the news cycle brings us daily updates on what the incoming Trump Administration along with House and Senate may or may not do with the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

We know hearing so many reports on potential changes to the law can be confusing. As someone with breast cancer, you may be wondering if you will be able to get affordable health insurance, whether you should switch plans or doctors, whether the treatment options you’ve discussed will still be made available to you. Most important, you may be asking when changes to the law will go into effect, so that you can plan ahead. With the inauguration a day away, these issues are coming sharply into focus.

We’re here to help. Throughout the coming year, LBBC staff members and healthcare experts are partnering to bring you easy-to-understand, timely reports on major changes to the Affordable Care Act and other laws, regulations and guidance that affect your access to care. You’ll be able to access a Healthcare Newsroom at LBBC.ORG where we’ll post articles with updates on the ACA, how changes may impact you and practical tips on what to do next. And, once plans for replacing the ACA are available, we’ll help explain the new plan, too.

If you don’t currently have insurance, you may want to read about getting insurance through HealthCare.gov in our article "Health Insurance Marketplace: What to Know and How to Choose." Our experts advise that these marketplace plans are not likely to go away in 2017, as long as people continue to pay their premiums. Open enrollment ends January 31. You can also find more information on finances, disability benefits and workplace issues in our Guide to Understanding Financial Concerns.

President-elect Trump isn’t the first incoming president with a desire to reform health care in America, and he likely won’t be the last. Know you can rely on LBBC to make things clearer along the way.

How has the Affordable Care Act affected your health insurance? We would love to hear about your experience with the ACA/Obamacare – whether it’s good, bad or somewhere in between. Share your stories and your vision for healthcare with us, here.

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