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Health insurance woes addressed at forum

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MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

Since the launch of healthcare.gov nearly five weeks ago, there have been a lot of questions. Internet glitches, policy cancellations and questions about premiums have left many people confused.

The Mississippi State Department of Health has brought in other organizations to clarify these problems and educate people about the Affordable Care Act.

"This is the biggest piece of Health Care legislation since the passing of Medicare and Medicaid back in mid 1960s," said Dr. Corey Wiggins with the i-Think Group.

Dr. Wiggins began his presentation to the crowded room by emphasizing just how important it is for Mississippians to understand the necessity of the Affordable Care Act.

"Across the state, we have 19 percent of our population in the state who do not have health insurance," said Dr. Wiggins. "That's over 500,000 people here in the state."

Moss Point resident Carolyn Bedford, who will soon be uninsured, came to gain a better understanding because for her, there are a lot of unanswered questions.

"When the enrollment is really going to start, and also what are the penalties and guidelines and things that you need to do and we need to learn about," said Bedford.  

Dr. Wiggins said that the enrollment period spans six months, from October 1 to March 31, 2013. This was only one answer to the long list of questions provided by the public.

"Will we have any issues in terms of trying to enroll? Have those glitches been fixed?" asked a man in the crowd.

"We are a federally facilitated market place. So, in order to apply for the marketplace in Mississippi, you have to go to the federal web site. So the web site is having issues," said Wiggins.

Despite those issues and concerns, Dr. Wiggins and many participants were adamant the Affordable Care Act is a positive thing.

"I think it's a good thing for Mississippi because everybody needs insurance and health care so they can help out a lot of people in the community," said Wiggins.

"People in the United States, we do need health care coverage," said 22-year-old Marcos Fulton. "We have some which cannot afford health care."

Doctor Wiggins' presentation helped many participants to understand the future of their health care coverage.

To learn more right now about how the Affordable Care Act will impact Mississippians, visit: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/44,0,236,628.html

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