Important Affordable Care Act deadlines approaching

CREATED Sep. 16, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The Affordable Care Act is about 2,400 pages, so it's no suprise that many people are still confused.  We're just about two weeks away from when you can start applying for the healthcare exchanges.

"There is a lot of fear and confusion about Obamacare, absolutely," said Paul Geenan of Organizing for Action.
 
Geenan is trying to clear up some of that confusion.  He's going door to door trying to answer questions about how the new law works.
 
Starting October 1st, you'll be able to go on the website healthcare.gov and figure out if you want to get healthcare insurance through the new "marketplace."
 
If you have insurance through your employer, and don't want to change it, you don't have to, "unless you want it to.  If you like the coverage you have, you can keep it," said Kevin Kane from Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
 
If you sign up right away, coverage begins January 1st, and open enrollment ends March 31st, 2014.  The goal is to get insurance companies to compete for your business, and therefore you will get healthcare cheaper.
 
"You can get a tax subsidy to help make it much more manageable, no matter what your income level is," Kane said.
 
If you don't have insurance, you don't have to sign up.  "They will have to, in the next year, under taxes, they will have to pay a penalty," Geenan said.