Help available to Alabamians hit with larger insurance premiums

Published: Oct. 30, 2013 at 7:49 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM CST
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Source: Enroll Alabama
Source: Enroll Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - At least 4% of those with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance policies in Alabama will lose their current coverage at the end of the year. BCBS said those policies do not meet Affordable Care Act requirements.

Those members got a letter explaining they were automatically enrolled into a comparable plan. However for most people, the price doubles for the same amount of coverage.

The CEO of the AIDS Action Coalition, a company helping people sign up in the marketplace, said many of those people can qualify for financial assistance.

"They are the people who really need to go in and apply for the subsidies. They don't necessarily have to take the plan that they are dealt. There are some options out there, but again, it is a person-by-person, case-by-case basis," said Mary Elizabeth Marr.

Meanwhile, those simply trying to shop around and get coverage continue to experience problems.

Wednesday, we checked back in with a woman we introduced you to several weeks ago. Gwynne Platz has three kids and no insurance. Immediately after the rollout, she had trouble signing on to the site. Weeks later, she is still encountering the same problems. She said she is running out of hope.

"I don't have much faith in it at all. I'd like for it to be true; I'd like to have insurance. I'd love to be able to go see the doctor or not freak out if we have to go to the ER for some reason. But I'm not going to hold my breath," Platz said.

While that is what we are hearing from a lot of folks around the area, an organization in Huntsville said they can and will help. Hear from them tonight at six.

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