MODESTO — A lot of people are confused about the major provisions of the federal health law that takes effect in January.
People can bring their questions to an informational session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Modesto Junior Colleges West Campus.
Emily Bazar, journalist and author of the Ask Emily newspaper column, will explain the basics of the Affordable Care Act and then answer questions from the audience. Bazar, whose column appears in 17 newspapers in California, conducted an online chat with Bee readers last week.
Sponsoring the program is the League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County, The Modesto Bee, MJCs Civic Engagement Project and the Center for Health Reporting.
League President Mary Giventer said the group decided to organize the program after hearing so many rumors and misconceptions about the law.
There is a lot of uncertainty and confusion about what exactly the Affordable Care Act means for any individual, Giventer said. We thought it would be a valuable service to have someone explain exactly what the law entails and how its being implemented in California.
Bazar is a senior writer for the USC Annenberg Center for Health Reporting. Since starting her column in April, people from all over California have quizzed her about the states health exchange, expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility, subsidized health plans and the finer details of health reform. She also has explained the law during interviews on KPCC Southern California Public Radio.
The Affordable Care Act holds promise for the Central Valley with its large population of uninsured. Eligible residents in Stanislaus County will have a choice of four health plans through the Covered California health exchange, which will open an enrollment period Oct. 1.
The challenge is going to be educating people, letting them know what their options are in an understandable way and getting them enrolled, Bazar said.
Bee staff writer Ken Carlson can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2321.