I think of myself as a smart educated person. I read the newspaper every week, watch the news everyday, and I look at headlines on the Internet almost everyday. However, I know very little about the Affordable Care Act. I think I avoid learning about it because I hate propaganda and political wars.
Before this week I knew three things about the law; pre-existing conditions rules had changed, if you don’t have health insurance you could be penalized, and may new well-woman visits were now required to be covered. However to be honest, I don’t know for 100 percent sure if these were true facts or not.
I really didn’t feel like listening to news anchors and their guests debating whether or not if the law was “good.” I do know it is law now and I need to learn more about the law. This revelation came through a series of recent events.
My mother’s health care plan recently changed. While on a family trip we had to make a trip to the hospital and I didn’t have all her correct insurance information. It was very stressful.
I also had a run in with my insurance company. I had to get a pre-authorization on a medication and I have been on the phone numerous times trying to figure out how to get the matter resolved. I finally got it resolved but I spent over three hours on the phone doing so. It was very stressful.
I don’t even know when all the new health care laws go in effect. I decided I would read over the law before I wrote this. When I saw it was 955 pages, I decided I might have to find another avenue to become educated about the new law.
On the health care official web site there is a key features section. Even the key features would take me a couple of weeks to learn.
So I am back to the beginning of not knowing much about it. Which is not acceptable. I am responsible for my mother’s, my son’s, and my own health care. I need to be educated about it.
I am sure there are going to be education initiatives about the health care laws coming soon. However, as this new act affects me greatly, I need to start learning facts now.
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