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The Affordable Care Act: 5 years later

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Monday marks the five year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and 16.4 million previously-uninsured Americans now have health insurance.

Cathy Rice is a navigator for the Affordable Care Act. She helps people get enrolled and get insurance. Rice says while the system still has a ways to go, the Act is a step in the right direction. 

She said that under the Affordable Care Act, insurance providers cannot legally turn you away if you have a preexisting condition. She also pointed out that people now have access to potentially lifesaving preventative care for free and that saves everyone money in the long run.

“Mammograms, pap smears, cholesterol screenings, immunizations - those things are totally free. No deductible, no co pay and that is due directly to the Affordable Care Act law,” Rice said.

Michael Brown, a doctor we talked to five years ago about the Act. Back then he said, he thought the Affordable Care Act would be a disaster. Now he stands by what he said.

“The co-pay and the deductibles has all increased. And the services they get is reduced. You get less for more,” Brown said

Tere are still two ways you can enroll this year in the Affordable Care Act. The first is if you have a life event, such as a marriage, divorce or the birth of a child you can enroll anytime. The second way is a tax season special enrollment happening through the end of April.

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