Millions Of Uninsured Americans Will Be Able To Sign Up For Coverage Tuesday

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The key provision of the Affordable Care Act, known as the individual mandate, goes into effect on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

In New Jersey, experts have been busy answering questions from uninsured residents about what the new health care law will mean for them.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond concludes her 10-part series – Understanding The Affordable Care Act – with a look at that effort.

There were plenty of questions at a recent information session in Irvington, N.J.


Tenisha Burnett is 30 and unemployed.

“Can I afford the cost of this new enrollment?” she said. “So for the past two years, I’ve been uninsured and I do have diabetes as well. Actually my medication is like $600.”

The group Enroll America has had its team of volunteers explaining the online exchanges and getting those who are uninsured enrolled in the program.

“Yes, it’s very frightening to think, ‘what will this cost?’ There is assistance available,” Enroll America’s New Jersey director Justine Ceserano said. “You have an opportunity, whether or not you had a pre-existing condition. You’ll be able to qualify.”

Government and red tape usually go hand-in-hand, but Ceserano says not in this case.

“I want to make sure that people know there’s not going to be any hidden language. It’s very transparent,” she told Diamond.

Ceserano noted the number one reason for personal bankruptcy in the U.S. is crushing medical costs. She said having insurance available to all Americans will offer peace of mind.

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