More of Your Health Care Questions Answered

6:30 PM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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Days into the opening of the health insurance exchange at www.healthcare.gov, marketplace representatives say there have been 6 million unique hits to the website. 

All that traffic is making it harder for people to get through and sign up for health insurance. 

On top of that, many of you at home are still asking us questions through Facebook about the effects of the health care reform. 

13WMAZ has been testing the website since enrollment for the exchanges started Tuesday.

We've still been waiting through delays and error messages saying the system is overloaded.

Now, we're just getting down to answering the last of or viewers questions that have come in through our 13WMAZ Facebook page.

Debbie Pastush asks, "Since after 10 hours of trying unsuccessfully to set up my account on www.healthcare.gov, is there anywhere else we can go to see what the rates will be like in Central Georgia?"

The Kaiser Family Foundation has set up this online calculator at kff.org.

Keep in mind that's just an estimate and you really won't know those exact costs until you can get onto the marketplace.

Mary Brannon wants to know, "If you have health care though the VA do you still have to get insurance through the ACA if you don't have insurance?"

If you have health insurance under the Department of Veteran Affairs, that counts as minimal essential coverage, which means you don't have to do anything. Your benefits will stay the same.

Nancy Kwitkowski wants to know, "What about those of us who already have plenty of insurance?"

If you are already insured, you don't have to worry about signing up under the Affordable Care Act. Your health coverage might be changing though, so check with your carrier.

Enrollment closes March 31st. To be covered starting January 1, make sure to sign up by December 15.

If you're having trouble accessing the www.healthcare.gov website or need help enrolling, you can also apply for a health plan over the phone.

That number is 1-800-318-2956.

Follow 13WMAZ's Anita Oh on Twitter at @anita_oh.

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