HARRISONBURG At midnight on October 1st, a health care change is rolling out; the health care exchanges. JMU health care policy professor, Doctor David Cockley, has been talking to his class about the law for months.
"It's an important time and issue to be available, it has never been available before," says Dr. Cockley.
We know it would be almost impossible for you to read through the more than 10,000 pages of the health care law, so we want to make it simple to find out what you need to know about the law.
The only people who need to sign up on the exchanges are people without health insurance. But before you sign up, Cockley says check to see if you actually have insurance. Some people may not realize they're covered. If you still don't have insurance, get your finances together to find out how much you can afford.
An added advantage cockley says is the exchanges will compare insurance plans side by side.
"People can compare they are going to be in similar formats. If you have tried to shop for health insurance, or your family, it is a bear to compare all the different options," says Dr. Cockley.
You have until March 2014 to find a plan that suits you best, so need to rush into a quick a buy.
Andy Bolt with Enroll Virginia is working with Blue Ridge Legal Services in Harrisonburg. He says people need to be aware you will see one price online, but it will change.
"Find out if they are eligible for tax credits, which will help them get a break on the cost they see," says Bolt.
But a lot of that remains to be seen until October 1st.