Got a question about the new health care law?

The new health care law is anything but simple.

One example — different provisions go into effect from 2010 until 2020. Talk about phasing in changes.

Do you have a question about the new law?

If so, we’ll try to help you.

Write your question below. Or you can e-mail it to rhalicks@ajc.com.

We’ll try to answer as many questions as possible in the Sunday paper and on the Web on Sunday morning.

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85 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

March 24th, 2010
7:46 am

How can they cut Medicare payments to providers if they are woefully inadequate now?

Melissa

March 24th, 2010
8:24 am

Will insurance companies now be required to reinstate adult children under the age of 26 who were previously dropped from their parent’s policies once they turned 23?

Publius

March 24th, 2010
9:51 am

Please clarify once and for all whether the law will or will not allow government funding for illegal immigrant healthcare or to fund abortions? (So much misinformation about these two topices). Thanks.

Proponent of Self-Sufficiency

March 24th, 2010
3:05 pm

If I feel my children, when they become young adults, should be able to “hold their own,” will the law require me to insure them until they are 26? Or, was this merely an option for parents of younger adults?

Mexican Welfare Recipient

March 24th, 2010
3:32 pm

Why are illegals exempt from the mandate to buy coverage?

Juanita

March 24th, 2010
3:33 pm

Will my six kids be covered even if they all have different daddies?

Afraid to die

March 24th, 2010
3:36 pm

Will I die when my doc opts out of the plan?

How much?

March 24th, 2010
3:39 pm

How much are my current insurance premiums going up in Jan. 2011?

Ken Rodriguez

March 24th, 2010
3:46 pm

Will I go broke paying the tanning bed tax?

Ron

March 24th, 2010
3:55 pm

If my employer only has to pay a $2000 fine for not providing my coverage what’s to stop them from kicking me to the gov. plan? Won’t that be cheaper for them than buying a policy?

GDAWG65

March 24th, 2010
4:37 pm

Congress is proving the adage again: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Cutty

March 24th, 2010
4:45 pm

Ron, I believe thats $2000 per employee. 2 PT workers count as 1 full-time.

How does this bill create jobs?

David S

March 24th, 2010
4:55 pm

What Constitutional article and section gives the Congress the right to interceed in the relationship between doctor and patient and also to force the purchase of goods under penalty from a private company?

Would it not have been easier and cheaper to try eliminating all of the laws, monopoly protections, regulations, subsidies, mandates, etc. that Congress has imposed over the past 60 or so years that have made such a mess out of health care delivery and so-called medical insurance?

There’s two questions for you.

David S

March 24th, 2010
4:58 pm

The term “to regulate” means to make regular. It does not mean to micromanage. How then does the Congress or the Supreme Court justify its micromanagement of interstate commerce rather than its appropriate intersession to make things regular (like stopping states from preventing the interstate sale of health insurance)?

Garry Owen

March 24th, 2010
5:37 pm

AG Baker should join the law suit against this health care law. Health care reform, yes. Health care micromanagement by the government, no. The only Democrats I will vote for are on the town and county level. The rest of you do not call me.

Teach!

March 24th, 2010
5:58 pm

This question was posed to me by a high school senior that was upset it passed because she is afraid she will not be able to afford college and health care. Will she be fined if she fails to maintain health care coverage? She is estranged from her only parent (Mom was not a role model parent and in legal trouble to boot)and the student already is being forced to provide for herself. Between paying for college or health care…she was planning to attend college in order to secure brighter future. Will the new system prevent her from achieving her goal??

Ronald Guglielmino

March 24th, 2010
5:59 pm

I am 67 and on Medicare, Part A only. I participate in my former employer’s health insurance plan (costing me over 13,000/yr.)so that I can get full coverage for my wife who is 61,retired and a diabetic. I also get full coverage myself under this plan for everything except Medicare, Part A. My wife won’t become Medicare eligible until February 2014, when the new insurance “exchanges” become effective. Between 2011-2014, should I go on FULL Medicare myself and hope that I can get my wife insured on one of the initial federally subsidized “exchanges” that take effect in 90 days, OR seek some other option? My former employer may elect not to cover me beginning in 2011 even though I pay the premium 100%. Thank you for taking my question. Please respond via e-mail as I am well outside Atlanta.

Free-lancer

March 24th, 2010
8:20 pm

I understand that there will be a cap on the premiums that insurance companies can charge us, 9.5% of our income. My question is, how will this be enforced? Who can we report this to if an insurance company won’t abide by this rule?

Peter

March 24th, 2010
8:34 pm

I am not insured. I have no job and no income. I have several pre=exisitng conditions. I am 54. When will I be able to get subsidized insurance?

wondering

March 24th, 2010
8:39 pm

why has nothing been said to young people as to what is going to happen to their premiums. My son, who is 25, healthy and has a high deductible policy is paying $60 a month for his insurance. It says that an older person will not have to pay more than 3 times a younger person’s rate. There is no way a 60 year old diabetic, with high blood pressure and heart problems will get full coverage for $180 a month. So if his premium is $500-$600 a month, which it is now, does that mean that my son’s premium will be $200 a month. I have a feeling all the young health people are going to be screaming real loud when their premiums double or triple.

Mary

March 24th, 2010
8:46 pm

Why don’t the politicians have to have the same insurance? What makes them so good that they don’t have to have it and pay the fines too if not?

J.R.

March 24th, 2010
8:47 pm

Whats covered? Emergency room, hospital stays, Doctor visits, prescription refills, x-rays, surgery,etc,? Am I fully covered, or can we expect huge co-pays for each service on top of what we are being forced to pay?

Lucy

March 24th, 2010
9:31 pm

Are health insurance companies required to cover you if you switch from one company to another whether or not you have pre-existing conditions like stage IV cancer?

Eddie

March 24th, 2010
9:34 pm

Will Georgia set up the high risk pools in the next 90 days, for those who are uninsurable and have pre-existing conditions? Or will the federal government handle that for Georgia?

And why hasn’t Georgia done so, already, (all its bordering states have managed to get it, over the years)? Are their any stats on how many Georgia’s have died due to Georgia’s neglience? The reality is that neither Barnes nor Perdue got around to it, so it is not a dem versus repub. issue. Thanks!

John Radney

March 24th, 2010
10:34 pm

My mom was getting Medicare to come and bath and feed her 3 times a week. They called Monday and said they could’t do it any more. I hate everybody that voted of the criminal in the white house. And I hate their pets and friends,

Scott

March 24th, 2010
10:44 pm

Why am I forced to pay into a plan for 3 years before getting any benefits? To make the accounting work? That is pure DECEPTION
That alone should be enough to have killed this bill, and I am not republican, I hope its repealed.

Scott

March 24th, 2010
10:47 pm

Can you give me ONE example where this bill controls costs?
Why not fix the pricing, or atleast have it published so people can shop the medicine they use, that would save billions alone. Get rid of the crazy law suits and let companies sell all across the country, there is a REAL fix!

Scott

March 24th, 2010
10:49 pm

Hey Peter, when your 57 you might start to see some results, thanks Congress (Pelosi)

Tech alumni

March 24th, 2010
10:52 pm

Are breast enhancements and bubble butt implants covered.

Scott

March 24th, 2010
10:54 pm

Cutty,
It will create tens of thousands IRS jobs, and set up 159 new gov’t associations to implement this chaotic plan. SO if you want to create some gov’t jobs, this one does a pretty good job. However it will cost hundreds of thousands of private sector jobs b/c employers will not hire knowing they MUST offer a product to them. I am an emplyer, and it will make me take a second look before actually hiring someone even if I really need them on my staff.

Obama's daddy

March 24th, 2010
10:57 pm

Was Ward a little too rough on the Beaver on todays show?

Scott

March 24th, 2010
10:58 pm

Hey Wondering…
You are dead on, its called “spread the wealth”, and that is the Obama way, enjoy.
It is also they way to go broke, which is where this country is now heading unless this bill is repealed and changed quite a bit.

All those young voters for Obama, are about to grow up and become a little more conservative, and not by choice.

Scott

March 24th, 2010
11:00 pm

Obama Daddy, the Beaver is just fine, I feel for the folks this bill will ruin, and there will be a lot of them.

The Gray hair

March 24th, 2010
11:04 pm

The bill will ruin a lot of people and businesses. You may think I’m joking but the next uprising you see will be from the aged generation. In a lot of cases they are being left nothing in this situation

Rick Z

March 24th, 2010
11:37 pm

I’ve heard that one of the first benefits to be phased in will be preventive care coverage (with no co-payments). Can you provide some specific examples about what kind of preventive care is required to be covered, how much of it, and how often?

ChNguyen

March 25th, 2010
4:52 am

Question: Why a retiree with Medicare(P.A)+Advantra Insurance(PartB) will be charged much more dollars for Primium Fee?

BC

March 25th, 2010
7:45 am

From the 4th District of GA

YANK HANK 2010!!!!

Lt Col

March 25th, 2010
8:19 am

I heard a report(on NBC, I think) that Health insurers can still deny coverage to children because of “pre-existing conditions. Is there any basis to that report, and if so, what is it?

David S

March 25th, 2010
8:24 am

BC has the best comment of all. Not only yank him, but shun him as well and encourage all businesses in the district or even state to shun him too. Don’t do business with him. Don’t speak with him. Make him, Lewis, Scott, and the fourth one (can’t remember name now) do business in Alabama for their treasonous votes.

DT

March 25th, 2010
9:10 am

Does this creat a national ID card and does it creat a national database for gun owners?

TisP'doff

March 25th, 2010
9:12 am

Please explain why this healthcare passing will allow the federal govt to come into the homes of new parents to determine whether they are good parents?

Question

March 25th, 2010
9:15 am

What happens when someone shows up at the Emergency Room without insurance? Will they be turned away?

CT

March 25th, 2010
9:35 am

Shouldn’t we have been asking all these questions BEFORE this was signed into law?

Skip

March 25th, 2010
9:40 am

I am against health care reform only because the Prez should have focused on job creation from day one and I am MAD. This state does not have the money to F with suing the feds over something that will be repealed in three years anyway.

I am for equality and think corporations should pay a bit more but the government needs to cut the fat out out of its blouted corrupt ways first and truly believe it is these corporations that the media and people like me condemn that create jobs!

HDB

March 25th, 2010
9:40 am

Are we seeing proof that this nation has NO heart?

Kevin

March 25th, 2010
9:41 am

If Medicare/Medicaid payments are to be cut by the levels mentioned, fewer doctors will accept these patients. With more patients covered by government-funded options but with fewer physicians accepting patients, how will this not lead to incredibly excessive wait times and the resulting rationing? You cannot force a physician to accept patients that will cause the physician to lose money. Oh, wait, I forgot. This administration has no reservations about forcing people to do something at the point of a gun.

Pompano Jane

March 25th, 2010
9:58 am

To ALL of the above responses.

Listen to Clark Howard today (AM 750 – WSB Radio.com) at 1:00 pm today. He and 2 or 3 other folks are suppose to tell us what all this means to us and the time lines of implementation. There will be an “Encore” presentation at 3:00 pm today, same stations.

la

March 25th, 2010
9:58 am

How can the feds tell us we have to get insurance?
That is unconstitutional

Uncle Joe Liberty

March 25th, 2010
10:01 am

If our present methods of providing medical care or so terrible, and Obamacare is such a great solution, then why not implement the whole shebang NOW, instead of waiting for the bulk of it to take place after the next presidential election?

Uncle Joe Liberty

March 25th, 2010
10:06 am

If we are trying to improve our citizen’s access to quality medical care, then why are illegal aliens routinely given care? Why is Obama planning to legalize those who have been breaking the law (as Bush and McCain sought to do), and swamp an already challenged medical community?