Having trouble understanding Obamacare? You're not alone. Surveys suggest significant numbers of Americans don't know about key parts of the health care law, or how it will affect them and their families.
For example, Reuters reports that more than 70 percent of young people in Massachusetts between 19 and 29 didn't know about the state's health insurance exchanges, which are set to open October 1. With partisan opinions dominating much of the debate over Obamacare, it's no wonder many people are perplexed.
Our prescription for Obamacare confusion: a new series of blog posts by FindLaw's team of lawyer-bloggers. We're calling it "Understanding Obamacare."
No Spin, Just Facts
FindLaw's "Understanding Obamacare" series for consumers kicked off today in Law and Daily Life, our life, family, and workplace law blog. Our first post in the series, "What Is Obamacare? A Legal Overview," gives readers a clear and concise summary of the law and its most important provisions.
As we approach October 1, when open enrollment begins, our blog team will answer other basic and important questions, such as:
- What is a health insurance exchange?
- What are the penalties for not having insurance under the new law? and
- What are employers required to do?
Look for "Understanding Obamacare" posts every day through October 1, when the series culminates in a "Legal How-To" post on how to sign up for health insurance under the new Obamacare marketplaces.
For our Legal Professional audience, we will have insight, options, and checklists to help you and your clients. Take a look at posts like "Obamacare: How Small Firms Can Prepare" for those in firms and companies. And for the young invincibles, consider "Young and Healthy? Should You Opt-In or Opt-Out of Obamacare?" in our Greedy Associates blog.
Explaining the Law Is Our Business
For small business owners, Obamacare obligations are slightly different. The employer mandate has been pushed back to 2015, but there are still things you can (and must) do now.
We've listed the most important "to-do's" for employers in a post entitled "Obamacare for Small Businesses: A Basic Checkist," which can be found in Free Enterprise, our small business law blog. We'll have more Obamacare-related posts from a business owner's perspective every day this week.
As always, we welcome your feedback as our blog team aims to help you understand Obamacare. Feel free to submit questions and comments at our FindLaw for Consumers Facebook page or via Twitter @FindLawConsumer.