Get a Head Start on New Healthcare Changes

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By Josh Ninke

Small businesses like this book publisher behind me here in Montgomery have had problems providing healthcare to their employees. But one goal of the new healthcare system looks to change that. 

 
Randall Williams has been in business since the 1980's, and health insurance has been a big worry for both his business and Williams personally. 
 
"We got to a point where the cost of the insurance increased so much that we had a choice. We could either have insurance or be in business. We couldn't do both. And we had to stop offering insurance to our employees, including myself," said Williams, co-owner of New South Books. 
 
But starting in October, Williams and many across the nation will be able to shop for health insurance through the new marketplace. Vendors in your area will offer reduced plans, in the hopes of making it affordable for both small businesses and individuals. 
 
"There's going to be a roll out. Folks are going to be able to sign up starting October 1st all the way through the end of March. So there will be a six month window where people can sign up for health coverage," said Kimble Forrister, Alabama Arise Executive Director. 
 
Organizations like Alabama Arise and your local hospital can help you figure out exactly which steps you can take to find a plan that works for you. 
 
Forrister recommends looking into your options, because he says there are thousands of people in Alabama who can take advantage of this opportunity. 
 
"There are roughly 300,000 people in alabama who would be eligible through the marketplace but many of them haven't heard about it," said Forrister. 
 
For more information on how this new healtcare plan will affect you, you can go to healthcare.gov.


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