Obamacare 

Thursday, Jan. 9

Years after the passage of the massive overhaul of America's health care system, many still cling to misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act. Through a combination of bad intel, fear mongering and mistrust, the public's knowledge of the ACA is sorely lacking.

For example, did you know that the ACA ends pre-existing condition exclusions in children's health insurance policies? Or that participating policies provide preventative care and remove insurance barriers to emergency services? New rules minimize administrative costs, establish a Patient's Bill of Rights and guarantee patients the right to appeal if policy funds are denied.

The public is invited to learn more about the ACA from someone intimately knowledgeable about Idaho's implementation of the law, Covering Idaho Kids Program Director David Chase.

When Boise Weekly last caught up with Chase, he was running victory laps after Covering Idaho Kids, which assists Idaho families in providing health insurance for children and adolescents, was awarded a $500,000 grant by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Library at Collister Catalpa Room, Chase will debunk myths and provide information about the new law. It's a chance to learn about how the ACA affects the cost and coverage of insurance, how it has changed the insurance industry and how it's being put to use here in Idaho. Bonus: The presentation is free.

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