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Healthcare Exchange Goes Live in Michigan

MAP: More than 300 regional healthcare experts across the state stand ready to help consumers choose the right healthcare plan as Michigan's healthcare exchange goes live October 1st. Image courtesy of www.enrollmichigan.com.
MAP: More than 300 regional healthcare experts across the state stand ready to help consumers choose the right healthcare plan as Michigan's healthcare exchange goes live October 1st. Image courtesy of www.enrollmichigan.com.
October 1, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - In one of the most important steps in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, online shopping for a health care insurance plan in Michigan is now a reality for those who are currently uninsured. The Affordable Care Act requires most individuals to have insurance starting next year, and now they can let their fingers do the shopping through the online portal healthcare.gov.

According to executive director Don Hazaert of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, the website is user-friendly, but help is available for those who need it in the form of specially-trained navigators.

"You would go to EnrollMichigan.com and just click on the 'Find Your Navigator' page, and there's organizations throughout the state that have agreed to make someone available to assist consumers, at no cost."

Hazaert stressed that there is no need to rush online, as those who would like to purchase a policy with coverage beginning January 1 have until December 15 to complete the enrollment process.

Hazaert also encouraged Michiganders to tune out the current rhetoric and political theater coming out of Washington, where some lawmakers have been threatening to delay or defund the Affordable Care Act as part of the budget battle.

"The health care reform law is the law of the land; it is not going anywhere; the marketplace is being implemented; there is a network in place to support consumers," he declared. "Health care reform is going forward: nothing is stopping it."

Michigan's health care exchange will feature about a dozen insurance companies offering multiple plans, and most families will qualify for tax credits that bring down monthly premiums.

The health care insurance exchange is at HealthCare.gov. To find a Healthcare Navigator in Michigan, go to EnrollMichigan.com.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MI