[LA FEATURE]Covered California: Affordable Care Act

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What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and how it affects Californians

NBC4 Answers Your Health Insurance Questions

Call 855-NBC-LA4U (855-622-5248) between noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday to speak with a certified insurance counselor

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    About 5,000 people, including this young girl, were expected to be served by a free four-day health care clinic at the Los Angeles Sports Arena this week.

    Are you confused about health insurance reform? Unsure about your benefits under the new California health exchange?

    When open enrollment beings Oct. 1, NBC4 will host certified counselors in our newsroom to answer your questions.

    Under the Affordable Care Act, all Americans will be required to have health insurance by 2014, or pay a penalty.

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    Of the 7 million uninsured Californians, some 5.3 million will qualify for coverage under Covered California.  About half of those will be eligible for government subsidies to defray the cost of health insurance.

    That includes individuals making less than $46,000 a year, and families of four making less than $94, 000 a year.

    And Southern California is the largest market of residents who quality for subsidies.

    In Los Angeles, there are seven insurers from which to choose. In Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, there are six insurers to choose from.

    All plans have four levels of coverage: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze.

    What is the best choice for you or your family? That’s where NBC4 comes in.

    Certified counselors will be on hand from 12 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to answer your questions and help you make an informed decision.

    Call 855-NBC-LA4U (855-622-5248) to speak with an expert.

    And watch the NBC4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. Tuesday, when we’ll have the executive director of Covered California – the Golden State’s iteration of the Affordable Care Act – in the studio to answer your questions live.

    You can also ask your questions via social media, on the NBCLA Facebook page or on Twitter, using the hastag #coveredca4you.

    Stay tuned as we provide clear, practical analysis of how the people of Southern California will fare under Covered California health plans.

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