Meeting to answer questions on health reform

Ralph B. Davis rdavis@civitasmedia.com

September 11, 2013

PRESTONSBURG — With monumental changes promised by the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act right around the corner, the Floyd County Democratic Woman’s Club is enlisting some help in making the public better informed about what will happen.

The key provision of the Affordable Care Act, better known popularly as “Obamacare,” is a requirement that nearly everyone obtain health insurance. That mandate goes into effect Jan. 1, but consumers can begin shopping for plans Oct. 1, through state health exchanges. In Kentucky, that exchange is known as KYNECT and can be accessed via the internet at kynect.ky.gov.

The Democratic Woman’s Club has invited Marcus Woodward, a member of the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange advisory board, to speak about the looming changes at its meeting Sept. 16.

Woodward was appointed to the board by Gov. Steve Beshear as the sole insurance agent representative. He chairs the Agent/Navigator Subcommittee.

Woodward will speak about benefits consumers will see from the implementation of the law, as well as eligibility requirements for various aspects of the act.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16, at Prestonsburg City Hall. The public is invited to attend.