Affordable Care Act Problems

Affordable Care Act Problems

President Obama's health care plan sparks local controversy.
Problems with the Affordable Care Act have people starting off the new year uninsured.

The deadline to sign up was extended to March 31, 2014, but there is still a lot of confusion and many in the high plains want answers.

A local man says instead of saving him money, the presidents health care plan could really cost him.

"Yesterday I was on hold for five and a half hours."

Steven Mancine says after spending five and a half hours on hold with First Care Health, he still doesn't have answers.

He asks, "where was the disconnect in the understanding of how this was supposed to work?  Was it the government's fault or was it the company's fault.  What do i need to do to get this to work?"

Mancine says First Care Health told him it would cost him $1,300 to activate his policy, but he says officials with healthcare.gov told him that wasn't the case.

President Obama says the main goal of the Affordable Care Act is to save people money.

Mancine says it's doing the exact opposite.

He says, "three different people at the health provider company said that's what I had to pay.  At least three or four people on the government website said I did not have to pay, and they don't understand it, and they're going to take action, and they're going to do this and they're going to do that. But how's that going to help me?"

Mancine tells us he doesn't blame the president or the health care providers, but he just wants them to be on the same page.

We asked Mancine what his biggest fears were come January 1.

He says, "well, obviously at this point right now I don't have any insurance.  More importantly, my wife doesn't have any insurance and she has some medical issues." 

Mancine says he's attempting to go through a different company because of the high cost to enroll, but says he won't have coverage until February 1.

We tried to contact officials with the Affordable Care Act and First Care Health.

Both were unavailable. 

Again, according to the Department of Health and Human Services March 31 is the final day to sign up.

If you miss that deadline you're next chance won't be until November 15. 

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