The start of open enrollment for President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act is less than a week away, and on Wednesday, the federal government released new numbers outlining how much Americans could end up paying.
The Department of Health and Human Services report shows the premiums for plans in the government-run Healthcare Marketplaces. There are several plans, built into different levels depending on how much they cover. The catastrophic plan covers only the basics, with Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum offering progressively more coverage.
One table even allows you to pick your state, age and county to see how many healthcare plans will be offered and at what rates, before tax credits are applied. (link to page).
For rates after tax credits, the government released broader numbers, using a specific set of variables. A 27-year-old living in South Carolina and making $25,000 a year can get the second lowest Silver plan, after tax credits, for $145 per month.
There are also several resources to help people through the complicated process. The United Way is offering assistance through their 2-1-1 phone service. The federal government will provide assistance through www.HealthCare.gov, and there will be a free seminar Thursday night in Florence. The seminar starts at 6 o'clock at Cumberland United Methodist Church.
On Thursday, WPDE Newschannel 15 will also sit down with staff members at Little River Medical Center, where federal funding is helping them hire additional employees to guide people through this process.