JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Affordable Health Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare is the law.If you're now uninsured, you must have health insurance by 2014. That said, the program's deadlines, the variousplans and who is eligible have left many confused.
"There is a lot of people who don't understand what their options are," said Tony Penna.
Penna, a former insurance executive is with Enroll America, a privately funded nonprofit that is trying to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act.
"The biggest challenge is how many people in Duval, Clay Nassau and St. Johns who don't have insurance," said Penna, "There about 300,000 people."
Enroll America staffers arenow knocking on doors, making calls to spread the word out.
"About 39 percent of the people in Florida who are eligible for insurance think that the law has been repealed," he said, "It has not been repealed."
Penna saidthese are the basic facts that should erase any confusion: Pre-existing conditions are covered, alsothose who fall with the federal poverty level can expect a subsidy.
"The subsidy is a tax credit and it can be applied to your monthly premium," he said.
Penna saidhis Enroll America staff covers a four-county area, with a simple goal: inform, inform, inform, then get as many who are uninsured to enroll in a health care plan by the end of the year.
"If they do that, if they're enrolled by December 31,then their coverage becomes effective January 1," he said.
The actual deadline for enrollment isMarch 31, 2014 and the policy will take effect thirty days after.
On October 27, Enroll America will launch 'HealthCare Pulpit' and effort to get church leaders on the First Coast to talk to their congregation about the Affordable Care Act and why it is critical for them to act if they're currently uninsured.