People urged to study Affordable Care Act

A health care official on Thursday urged the public to research and maintain compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
The law provides a marketplace for individuals to register for coverage and coordinate subsidies, said Jan Ruma, executive director of Toledo/Lucas County CareNet, a group focused on health care access for low-income residents.
“We know if you don’t have health care coverage, you live sicker and die younger,” Ruma said.
Ruma’s presentation outlined options for those seeking coverage. About 10 people attended the forum at First Presbyterian Church in Findlay.
A 55-year-old Hancock County applicant could choose among 29 plans from several providers, she said.
Before factoring subsidies for the 55-year-old applicant, premiums range from $390 to $786 per month, deductibles from $500 to $6,000 and out-of-pocket maximum fees from $2,000 to $6,350, she said.
Ruma said those with additional questions should schedule an appointment with a navigator who can explain further.
Appointments with Bill Cook, the Hancock County navigator, can be made by calling 419-423-5323.

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