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Dec. 14, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Learn how the ACA can help you

I would like to weigh in on what was written in The Herald-Dispatch on Nov. 12 regarding Obamacare.

Kentucky Governor Beshear has set the gold standard in helping Kentuckians ask questions about Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) and make decisions on joining. Fourteen states have set up their own websites to assist their residents to make decisions regarding this health care. Do you as a citizen actually know what the plans are all about, or are you not getting information as to what ACA is about?

Have you thought about the pros and cons? Is there any place in West Virginia that can be contacted? A lot of West Virginians live below the poverty level or are on fixed incomes. Some people are fortunate to have food for themselves or their children, and that is not an exaggeration. Many people cannot afford any care. Many wait to the last minute to go to hospital emergency rooms. Do you have any idea what the cost is to use an emergency room? Most people can only pay a little or minimal for their use, and the hospital has to absorb the cost, and the services cost more to help offset helping people.

With ACA, wouldn't it be nice to have a primary physician who will know your history and family, one whom you can make an appointment with when needed and not wait for an emergency.

I say with tongue in cheek that our esteemed West Virginia governor declined to set up websites to help West Virginians. That goes to show how much he cares for West Virginians and their needs. I am a senior on a fixed income and I am exploring my options as I will have to use ACA.

Billie J. Whitaker Le May

Huntington

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