Affordable Care Act
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. and Segmented Marketing Services have teamed up for a statewide community outreach initiative to educate consumers about the upcoming Affordable Care Act. The act takes effect on Oct. 1 for individuals under 65. Those over the age can receive Medicare instead of the ACA.
Twenty-three percent of blacks in N.C. are uninsured, according to Roy Watson Jr., BCBSNC director of small group and individual under 65 sales. That's 1.1 million residents, which is 35 percent above the national average.
Watson said at a kickoff luncheon on Monday at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel that income will dictate how much subsidy an individual will receive to help pay for his insurance. No one can be turned away because of a pre-existing condition. The ACA is a mandate, which means everyone must have insurance or suffer a penalty, which can range from $95 or 1 percent of a person's income.
BCBSNC and SMS will be hosting community forum across the sate at local churches and civic organizations to help explain all that the ACA details. For more information, call (336) 759-7477 or visit SMSiUrbanCallHealth.com. You can also volunteer to host a forum.